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Room 12

Memorial for asbestos victims

The room is a place of knowledge about the history of asbestos and at the same time a place to honour the victims and all those affected by the consequences of the use of asbestos.

Asbestos on site

Asbestos is a sound-absorbing mineral, heat-resistant and economical, widely used during the 1900s in various industries, especially in construction and shipbuilding. On ships, it was used as a thermal and acoustic insulator in all shipboard environments, as well as in insulation and fireproofing coatings.

The invisible enemy

The danger of asbestos is due to the fact that its fine fibers, if dispersed in the environment and inhaled, remain in the body causing serious diseases (asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma, lung cancer), which can occur even decades after exposure. The use of asbestos, still mined and used in many parts of the world, is prohibited in Italy by law n. 257 of 1992.