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Why asbestos is dangerous to our health – Asbestosis / Mesothelioma

Asbestos was used for many different products and a high amount of people were exposed daily to asbestos fibres. The worst cases were those people who worked in the factories and also their family members, as they would bring the fibres home attached to their clothes and hair.

The health implications were not known for many years, although the first reported asbestos-related death was in 1906 further research was not done until later on. The ban on using asbestos as a material was not until 1999. As both Asbestosis and Mesothelioma are diseases that take many years to occur, the threats were not instantly apparent. We now understand that any exposure at all to asbestos fibres could cause internal damage that may present itself in years to come; therefore, the health and safety regulations are now extremely strict to prevent any further deaths.

Incurable Diseases caused by Asbestos Fibre Exposure

Asbestosis and Mesothelioma are two different diseases, but neither of them are curable. Asbestosis is not a cancer, but patients with asbestosis are likely to develop mesothelioma (cancerous) in the future. Both diseases are fatal, and patients unfortunately suffer severe symptoms many years after the exposure to asbestos.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) follows the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, with an approved code of practise (ACOP) to give guidance to all asbestos contractors to ensure they are complying with regulations to keep both the members of the public and the asbestos operatives safe.

Prevention is Key

Everything that can possibly be done to prevent the exposure to the deadly fibres is acted upon, so all control measures are carefully planned to avoid any excess in exposure. The correct RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) is worn by all workers handling asbestos containing materials and all licensed firms must provide evidence that their workers are not being exposed to a dangerous quantity.

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Planning the removal method correctly can have a huge impact on the fibre levels in the air, for example using water or a wetting agent before removing dry asbestos changes the results massively as the dust does not enter the atmosphere in the same way. All of this expert knowledge comes into play when our Contracts Managers plan each job.

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Q: How much will it cost me?

As each case is different to the next, we are unable to give a set price but are happy to take a look free of charge before any commitment from yourselves, always guaranteeing a competitive price.

Q: Why do some works have to be notified to the HSE?

In order to protect all members of the public from any unnecessary asbestos fibre exposure, the HSE requires certain types of works to be notified to them at least 14 days in advance in order to regulate and control the removal procedures. These types of works include certain fibres and ACM’s, and these works may only be done by licensed contractors. For more about the HSE process, head to their website.

Q: Why is asbestos hazardous to my health?

The fibres of the asbestos materials are long, thin strands that are very small. When inhaled, these fibres latch on to your lungs and organs and when built up over time can cause Asbestosis or Mesothelioma, both fatal and incurable diseases. For further information on why asbestos can be dangerous, read our blog.

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