In the discussions on environmental aspects and health hazards
of Asbestos, the focal point is particulate generation (fiber emissions) and
inhalation of fibers. Other process-caused environmental impacts (e.g.
production wastewater, energy consumption, etc.) from the further processing of
Asbestos to marketable products are not mentioned here.
The environmental hazards of Asbestos are primarily in the form
of health impairments. The carcinogenic effect of asbests from inhalation of
microfibers has been scientifically confirmed in many studies. Asbestos is
classified as particularly carcinogenic in the Hazard Group I of the German
Hazardous Substance Ordinance (chrysotile at a mass content 2 than 2%, amphibole
Asbestos 2 0.5%. Additionally, there are confirmed results on the so-called
fibrogenic effect of Asbestos, by which scar tissue forms as a result of
Asbestos inhalation. As a consequence, functional tissue of the lungs is
destroyed and connective tissue