10 Asbestos Facts you Cannot Ignore!
Posted on Monday 11th April 2016 by Graham
We write about and talk about asbestos all the time, it is what we do.
Our aim is to help prevent future health problems for not just our clients but for everyone who may be exposed to asbestos in everyday life.
Here are 10 facts about asbestos that we feel you should know or that may just surprise you...
- By the early 1970's more than 4 million tonnes of asbestos were produced each year from mines across the globe
- Asbestos produces dust and within this there are fibres that are released into the air. These fibres when inhaled can be lodged in your lungs where they can remain dormant for up to 50 years and eventually manifesting as asbestos related diseases such as Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, pleural thickening and pleural plaques
- The British Lung Foundation estimate that more than 2,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in Great Britain and that someone dies every 5 hours from an asbestos related illness
- Despite the fact that asbestos is no longer used in UK industry, asbestos related deaths are predicted to rise over the next few decades due to exposure of workers and members of the public to asbestos in existing installations such as older buildings, commercial and industrial plants, older vehicles, etc
- The use of asbestos in new construction projects has been banned in many developed countries, including the UK of course, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and New Zealand. A surprising and notable exception is the USA, where asbestos continues to be used in construction today!
- As New York City's twin towers collapsed following the attacks on September 11th, Lower Manhattan was covered in a deadly mixture of building debris and combustible materials. This complex mixture meant that thousands of residents and workers in that area could be exposed to asbestos
- Asbestos exposure becomes an issue if asbestos containing materials become airborne, such as due to deterioration or damage to the material
- Residential building materials containing asbestos include a variety of products, such as: stipple used in textured walls and ceilings, vinyl floor tiles, vinyl sheet flooring, window putty, mastic; cement boards and asbestos cement pipes to name a few.
- Asbestos can be found naturally in the air and even in some drinkable water, including water from natural sources
- Training is mandatory for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work. This includes construction and maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or even disturb asbestos, as well as, especially as, those involved in asbestos removal work
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