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Lebanon: ASBESTOS - hazards and safe practices for cleanup after Beirut blast - 18 SEP 2020

As a result of the cleanup operations after Beirut blast there may be an accumulation of asbestos-containing waste that will present a hazard to people in the local environment and those living in close proximity to the site of final disposal.

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Asbestos are non-biodegradable, have great tensile strength, conduct heat poorly and are relatively resistant to chemical attack. For these reasons, asbestos is used in building and insulation materials, including boilers and heating vessels; cement pipe and water supply lines; clutch, brake and pads for automobiles; conduits for electrical wire; pipe covering; roofing products; the external walls, roofs, window awnings and bathrooms; fire protection panels; furnace insulating pads; sheet vinyl or floor tiles and underlay for sheet flooring and fire blankets.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
World Health Organization
Original Publication Date: 
18 Sep 2020
Document type: 
Technical Document
Lebanon: Beirut Port Explosions - Aug 2020