Also, as an Australia, that stuff is seriously bad news, don't play with it.
IIRC, it can take years for symptoms to develop, way too late to avoid exposure. it's dangerous to play with at any stage, a hazard when modifying a building or demolishing it, not just when building it.
Put asbestos in buildings now, and people whose parents haven't been born yet will end up having to worry about exposure.
Peritoneal mesothelioma alone had killed or permanently sickened about a 100 people who worked at the contaminated blue asbestos mine in the Hammersley region. And those cases only emerged about 15 years after the mine's closure.
It's not just breathing the stuff, if it gets into food and water it causes generational-long death rates. Once asbestos dust builds up somewhere, in someways it's worse than nuclear fallout. You can't just instantly measure it, it gets everywhere, and there's nothing you can do about it.
The stuff is better left in the ground.
This is also why we banned in it vehicle brakes. We were literally just spreading that shit everywhere. In one way it's a shame, because motorcycles in partricular benefit from asbestos braking materials. Brakes are smaller, prone to greater heat build up faster, affecting total performance in comparison to cars. So asbestos was particular common for motorcycle brake pads.
But that being said, it's not worth the longterm exposure. And there are, albeit more expensive, ways of improving high carbon steel brakes and their pads to match the performance of asbestos. It's a decent trade off ... because you really don't want 4 million vehicles throwing asbestos dust around Sydney.
Being an auto mechanic was almost as bad as being a miner when we were talking about asbestos exposure. Which is why people were getting sick away from the mines themselves.
All the more tragically, the auto workshop is a place where parents might take their kids. Unless you're a Briton circa 1920 and prior, kids and mines don't naturally follow eachother ... but kids and their parent's automobile workshop might. The government ran a collection of tests for asbestos dust build up in workshops, for instance. And that was, if I remember correctly, the prime impetus of the government banning asbestos brake and clutch materials.
Asbestos is much like Strontium-90 to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaties ... (most) world leaders recognized we can't just keep exposing the world to it.
I half expect Putin and Trump to renege on that as well, for likely the same spurious and pointless reasons.
But hey? You know what? It's just more American and Russian made goods we simply just won't buy ... so let's not forget about economic realities here.
All the big automaking and autopart consuming places of the world beyond the U.S. are either banning asbestos parts, or in the process of phasing them out completely. There are simply better technologies out there. Better performing, longer lasting.
Honesttly ... I'm personally a bit worried. I love working on motorcycles, have always done so ... even as a kid I used to play with the old-style gaskets and brake pads on 80s and 90s motorcycle models and their respectively aged parts.
So everyone my age and with my hobbies as a kid has probably already got a less than ideal hit of the stuff. So you're not liable to see mesothelioma cases go away anytime soon at least until my generation is dead and buried.
Asbestos is one of those things that just doesn't go away. Not that I'm really worried, I certainly haven't received anywhere near as bad a dose as people in mines, or living near mines, or living with people who worked in mines, or living with people who worked in shipping enginery compartments, or mechanics, or their kids, or the people that lived with them... see the problem with making asbestos mainstream again?
It is ideally something we should just close the lid on and move on. Not just allow it to persist being 'a thing'. I can't think of too many things where we actually need it in comparison to existing materials we have that can replace it.
It's a dated material that is merely cheap, not good ... because the technology and materials to circumvent its use altogether is already established.
I would rather see as a species that will for the foreseeable future still need internal combustion engines and conventional braking systems and shifters working on making better materials more cost effective through continued application and praxis, than just use a cheap and awful material for no other reason than it's cheap.