Over the next four decades, approximately 25, 000 Australians may die from asbestos-related conditions. This is according to Professor Julian Peto, the Head of the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology and Genetics Group in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
With this shocking revelation, many people are becoming aware of the fact that asbestos may pose a serious threat to their health.
So today, we will help you understand more about asbestos by answering 5 of the most frequently asked questions regarding this harmful industrial product.
1. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring silicate minerals that is widely used for many industrial applications, including car repairs and building constructions. There are three types of asbestos: blue asbestos (crocidolite), brown or grey asbestos (amosite) and white asbestos (chrysotile). Asbestos is commonly used to create products like clutch ...view middle of the document...
3. When does asbestos pose a risk to your health?
Asbestos fibres pose a health risk if airborne and is inhaled. The embedded asbestos fibres in the lungs may irritate the tissues and the surrounding membrane, thereby causing a plethora of diseases. Most people who have suffered health conditions from exposure to asbestos usually worked in either the asbestos milling industry or the asbestos mining. Others may have also worked in industries involved in manufacturing or installing asbestos products. In all these cases, the frequent exposure to high levels of airborne dust is the cause of acquiring asbestos-related conditions. However, the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases do not appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos. Hence, asbestos-induced conditions will not affect you immediately, but may do later in life.
4. Who is at risk of asbestos-induced conditions?
Anyone can be at risk of asbestos-induced conditions. However, the people who are highly at risk of asbestos-induced conditions are those exposed to loose fibres, such as the workers in asbestos mining and manufacturing. Also people who are working in the building construction are also at risk of suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Even those who are working at home or in an office building may be at risk of being exposed to asbestos.
5. How to avoid getting exposed to asbestos?
Asbestos exposure may occur anywhere, from your workplace, to the community, as well as in your home. Hence, you need to start protecting yourself against any exposure to asbestos as early as now by having an effective asbestos management plan. To do this, you must seek help from reliable consultants who can conduct an asbestos inspection to identify and confirm the location of asbestos containing materials in your area.
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