Reasons It’s Time To Break Up With Asbestos

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Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fibre that was well used before the mid-1980’s  due to its strength, flexibility, insulation ability, and affordability. However once asbestos is worn or damaged, fibres can be released into the air. These fibres can be inhaled causing chronic respiratory issues and in some cases death. Some of the diseases related to asbestos inhalation include lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, these diseases can appear decades after the original inhalation of the asbestos.

 

Types of Asbestos

There are six different types of asbestos, these include:

  • Chrysotile
  • Amosite
  • Crocidolite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Tremolite
  • Actinolite

The most common three being:

  • Chrysotile (white asbestos)
  • Crocidolite (blue asbestos)
  • Amosite (brown or grey asbestos)

The most dangerous type of asbestos is crocidolite, once broken crocidolite asbestos releases clusters of brittle needle like fibres that can easily be inhaled and cause scarring in the lungs leading to asbestosis and mesothelioma.

After being sorted into their types asbestos can then be placed into two categories, friable and non-friable.

Friable asbestos can easily be broken and crushed by hand and become airborne whereas non-friable asbestos is sturder and only becomes a risk once damaged or broken.

This is why it is crucial to know how to handle asbestos.

 

Diseases related to Asbestos Inhalation

Asbestos related illnesses can strike decades after inhalation which is why it is important to know the symptoms and possible diseases you could develop from the inhalation.

Some symptoms of asbestos related diseases include:

  • Persistent dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fingertips and Toes that appear wider and rounder then normal (Clubbing)
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness

Diseases related to asbestos inhalation:

  • Asbestosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Testes Cancer
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural thickening

If you or anyone you know is experiencing one or more of the above listed symptoms or you have been exposed to asbestos it is recommended to get regular testing to ensure good health. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns relating to asbestos related diseases.

 

Where can Asbestos be Found?

Asbestos was used in most homes, schools and businesses before the mid-1980’s, if the structure was built before this time there is a high likelihood that it contains asbestos. The most common areas asbestos can be found in are (but are not limited to):

  • Roofs
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Tiles
  • Cement
  • Pipes
  • Dog Kennels
  • Insulation

If you want to know more about where asbestos can be found go to https://asbestosawareness.com.au/asbestos-in-the-home/where-is-it-found/

 

What to do if you suspect there is Asbestos in your home

If you suspect there could be asbestos in your home the best thing to do is get it professionally tested. Asbestos professionals can come to your home and take multiple samples of any suspected asbestos, Asbestos Testing, and take it to a NATA accredited laboratory where it will be tested, this can take as little as 24 hours although multiple samples may take more time to ensure proper testing. Once testing is complete if asbestos is found they can then walk you though the best options to make it safe or remove it from your home. The most common form of dealing with asbestos is removal through other methods can be applied. A professional will come to your home and walk you through the process to ensure that your family is safe and knows what’s going on, Asbestos Removal, they will then safely remove the asbestos and dispose of it following your states rules and regulations.

 

Further Reading:

https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/50/~/asbestos

https://www.act.gov.au/

http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/information.htm

 

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