A mock-up of a possible commercial version of the device, designed at the Instituto de Biomechánica de Valencia, Spain (Image: Clara Solves, IBV)
A prototype with its lid removed (Photo: Paul Kaye, University of Hertfordshire)
The portable detector analyzes scattered laser light to identify asbestos (Photo: Paul Kaye, University of Hertfordshire)
With the nasty tendency of its airborne fibers to cause lung cancer, the installation of asbestos building insulation has been banned in many countries for some time now. A lot of buildings still have the insulation, however, the fibers of which can get stirred up when work such as renovations or demolition are being performed. In order to help protect the people performing such work, scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have developed what they say is the world’s first portable, real-time detector of airborne asbestos.
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