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Asbestos Disease and Supplemental Oxygen Therapy
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used extensively in the building industry in Australia and other countries during the 20th century. A naturally occurring silicate material made up of fine, fibrous crystals, asbestos was used for its strength and flexibility, as well as its insulation, fire and chemical retardant properties. Used in Australia extensively between 1945 and 1980, it was finally banned in 1989 in building products, and completely prohibited in 2003.