Blue asbestos in British gas maks

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Brian has wisely advised that some WWll gas mask filters contain asbestos and should never be worn.

The filters of the British General Service respirator contained crocidolite: the most dangerous type of asbestos. These filters are easily isdentified: they are a flattened oval in shape, are a reddsih brown colour and connect to fthe acepiece by a corrugated hose. These filters are dangerous to handle, far less wear. In addition, the canvas haversack used with these gas masks can also be contaminated.

I have tested such filters and haversacks and was able to measure hazardous fibre concentrations being released.


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