Asbestos

In November 2017, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) banned the extraction, processing, sale and distribution of asbestos in the country, forbidding the Brazilian states from passing regulations that allow its use.

Exposure to asbestos dust can cause carcinogenic diseases, and once in the human body asbestos is never eliminated. Risk is present primarily when the material is broken or cracked and the dust is released into the environment.

Asbestos can be found in various types of products, including:

  • tiles and water tanks;
  • automotive brake elements (linings and pads), joints, gaskets, clutch disc linings;
  • fabrics, special garments;
  • floorings, paints, ceilings, thermal insulation materials, etc.

The removal of construction debris containing asbestos (e.g.: tiles, water tanks) and the disposal of products such as brake elements or joints (as listed above) must be assessed for the definition of environmentally safe solutions.

Bachema has state-of-the-art equipment and trained professionals who can analyze, identify and quantify the various types of asbestos – such as chrysotile and amphibole (amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, actinolite, crocidolite) – present in materials. We follow the methodology aproved by the CGCRE, as per the requirements of Brazilian standard ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17025.

Sampling

Bachema also provides services to sample airborne asbestos. We follow methodologies approved by the General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE), as per Brazilian standard ABNT NBR ISO/IEC No. 17025, for:

  • Airborne asbestos sampling using specific filters.

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