Asbestos has been used by humans for thousands of years. Here’s some interesting historical information about asbestos and its uses throughout history.
- The Greeks and Romans were the first ones to use it over 2,000 years ago for the wicks in their temple lamps, building materials, and women’s clothing. They considered it a magical mineral because once it was ignited, it never stopped burning and the wick was never consumed. The word “asbestos” comes from the Greek work “asbesta” which means “inextinguishable” or “indestructible.”
- The Egyptians embalmed pharos using asbestos.
- In medieval times, asbestos was often used in armor as insulation.
- During the 19th century, asbestos use increased as a result of the industrial revolution. It was used during the manufacture of 3000+ products including building materials and insulation.
- Finally, after continual increased use of asbestos, in the 1970s, extensive research was conducted to determine its affects, and everyone realized what a harmful substance it is. Exposure to asbestos causes asbestosis and mesothelioma, among other serious health conditions.
- Since Roman times, when asbestos was first put to use, there has been documentation of related health problems. In 1897 a Viennese doctor concluded that asbestos dust insulation was the cause of emaciation and pulmonary problems.
- In one 1978 study, asbestosis was found in 10% of those who had been employed in the industry for 10-19 years, 73% of those who were in it for 20-29 years, and 92% of those who had been in it for 40+ years.
- Documents reveal that asbestos manufacturers were aware of the health risk in the 1940s and 1950s, but chose to conceal the information from their employees and the general public. This decision cost many lives and continues to affect many people, especially construction workers, today. Thankfully there are now strict regulations and enforcement to restrict exposure to asbestos to protect everyone’s health now and in the future.
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