Dangers of Asbestos

The Origins of Asbestos Use

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been mined for hundreds of years, however it was in the 1950's that it gained broad popularity as a building material. A popular choice for contractors, asbestos was durable, it had excellent insulation properties and was flame resistant. Asbestos is however highly infectious, with long lasting health implications that necessitates safe asbestos removal procedures.

Wide Recognition of Dangers of Asbestos

During the early 1970's the dangers of asbestos were becoming known, a fact highlighted in particular by owners of hairdryers that used asbestos, that raised the alarm over the hazards of asbestos use.

In the early 1980's the product was first banned, and only since March 2008 was asbestos finally banned in South Africa. While asbestos is a naturally occurring product, it is highly dangerous and if found in your home or commercial building strong action is required to ensure the safety of your family or workers.


Any asbestos removal should be taken seriously, and only undertaken by qualified contractors that are registered asbestos removal experts. Specialist equipment is needed and strict procedures need to be followed, to contain further contamination through safe asbestos removal procedures.

Prolonged Exposure

Cancer Related Lung Diseases

It has long been known that cancer related lung diseases as a result of asbestos exposure are serious and can be fatal.

Symptoms of asbestos related infection can often take decades to manifest, and by the time they do start showing, it can often be too late for effective treatment.

Asbestos comes in three colours, namely blue, brown and white, and are usually mixed with other materials. As a result, there is no easy way to know if your home or office has been contaminated. The only effective way to establish this is through a professional evaluation by a qualified asbestos removal accredited contractor.

Symptoms of asbestos related infection can often take decades to manifest, and by the time they do start showing, it can often be too late for effective treatment.

There is a strong chance that your house or office could have been constructed with some products containing asbestos if it was built prior to 1984. The only way to get peace of mind is through proper testing, and following strict safe asbestos removal procedures by accredited contractors.

Registered asbestos removal contractors are essential for the safe removal and management of asbestos. A thorough decontamination of the site by a registered removal contractor, along with proper handling and disposal procedures, will ensure the safety of the public.

Highly Skilled Asbestos Removal Contractors

ARAC is highly skilled and experienced in the specialist removal of hazardous materials. Our qualified team of asbestos removers are trained in the safe removal and disposal of asbestos contaminated products.

With years of experience, ARAC offers safe handling and disposal of asbestos materials to registered decontamination sites. As leading asbestos removal contractors, we are able to service a large part of South Africa. We are ideally based in Cape Town and Richards Bay, and offer out services along the entire East Coast from the Western Cape, through to Port Elizabeth and East London in the Eastern Cape, as well as Durban, Richards Bay and surroundings in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Specialising in the removal of all contaminated residential and commercial sites, including asbestos products such as roof sheeting, insulation, piping, ceiling panels and thousands of other related items that used asbestos in their construction.

ARAC is a registered asbestos removal contractor that's used to working in sensitive and hazardous environments.

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