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Spraylat International Ltd were at the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) in Le Bourget-Paris this week, supporting Lapro on their stand S81. Lapro are a French company who specialise in the distribution of equipment, products and services for the removal of pollutants such as asbestos. 

Asbestos was once praised for its versatility, heat resistance, tensile strength and insulating properties. Asbestos was immensely used for everything from fire-proof blankets to building insulation. Today asbestos is known only to be highly toxic and the cause of mesothelioma cancer, in the early 1990’s asbestos trade and use became heavily restricted, now more than 50 countries have completely banned its use altogether. 

Unfortunately, whilst the ban ensures that no asbestos can be used in the future, it can still be present in any building built before the year 2000. When materials or buildings that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air - these fibres are inhaled and can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not cause effect immediately; they often take a long time to develop, however asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year as a result of past exposure. 

Nuclear companies have seen a rise in asbestos detection in their plants - any asbestos product or material that is ready for disposal is defined as asbestos waste. Asbestos waste also includes contaminated building materials, tools that cannot be decontaminated, personal protective equipment and damp rags used for cleaning. 

Lapro and Spraylat International Ltd showcased a specialist coating that has been designed to prevent nuclear and asbestos contamination taking place. The coating can be applied on non-porous surfaces including robotic equipment, glove boxes, modular containment systems and other structures which would otherwise be contaminated by low radiation and asbestos dust particles. 

When required the coatings can be simply peeled away from the substrate taking all contaminates with it, then condensed into a small ball and disposed of easily and safely. The coatings have achieved British Standard 476: Part 7 “Method for Classification of the Surface Spread of Flame of Product” and have been used and trusted within the nuclear and asbestos industry for over 25 years.  

 

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