- Date: Wednesday 1st February 2012
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Because the use of asbestos is still not banned in the United States, there is always a risk that the building you are in may still contain some products that contain the deadly fiber in its walls. However, a British company has developed a new device that could be used in American buildings to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure until the fiber’s use is one day banned.
Datatecnics, a Birmingham, England-based company, has developed a special type of wall covering that is designed to detect small asbestos particles and prevent them from getting through to an area where people are located. The ADAAS (Asbestos Disturbance Automated Alert System) polymer film is also designed to trigger an alarm if it is breached in any way.
The company touts the ASAAS film as a way to eliminate older forms of asbestos testing and monitoring while also being more cost effective. The film can either be painted or papered over asbestos products.
“Asbestos is in a lot of public buildings. The Government estimates that 70 percent of UK schools contain it and the guidance from the Health and Safety Executive is to manage most of it, not remove it,” Mohammad Zulfiquar, Datatecnics’ CEO, recently told Electronics Weekly.
While the company is still looking for investors before any widespread launch of the product, its mere existence could be a sign of good things to come in regard to the prevention of asbestos exposure in the years to come.
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