Whilst asbestos mining first began around 4,000 years ago, it wasn't until the 19th century that demand really took for it with its sound absorption properties, strength and resistance to fire.
What is asbestos?Asbestos is made from six silicate minerals: chrysotile, tremolite, anthophylite, amosite, crocidolite and actinolite, and they are all naturally occurring.
Why is asbestos dangerous?We touched on the microscopic fibrils which are released if agitated, and it’s these which makes asbestos very dangerous, if inhaled they can causes many different diseases.
MesotheliomaMesothelioma is a disease which affects the lining of the lung and lining which surrounds the lower digestive tract. This disease is primarily caused by asbestos exposure and usually by the time it diagnosed it is usually fatal.
Asbestos-related Lung CancerAsbestos related lung cancer looks the same as lung cancer caused by smoking or other issues.
AsbestosisThis is a condition which causes scarring of the lung, usually occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos and causes progressive shortness of breath. It can also be fatal.
Pleural ThickeningWith pleural thickening the lining of the lung as the name suggests, thickens and swells, if the condition worsens it can squeeze the lung itself as well as causing shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest.
Who could be affected by asbestos?If you are working in a profession where you might have to work or deal with asbestos there are training courses and practice guides available before you undertake any job. Professions which may come across asbestos are below:
- Heating and Ventilation Engineers
- Demolition Workers
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