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A Guide to Asbestos Health Risks

Asbestos’ insulating and fire-resistant qualities have made it a popular building material in the UK, but many experts now believe it may do
more harm than good. Asbestos has been linked to a variety of health issues, and it was banned from usage in commercial and residential
construction in the 1980s.

Although asbestos is no longer used in the construction of new buildings, asbestos is still present in many older structures. This implies
that if the asbestos is disturbed, exposure is still a possibility. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself against asbestos
exposure. If you live or work in an older building that you believe may contain asbestos, it’s critical to educate yourself on the dangers of
asbestos and contact a reputable asbestos abatement company.

Historical use of asbestos

Asbestos was originally utilised in commercial applications in the 1800s, and its popularity expanded after World War II. Its high fire and
chemical resistance, as well as its tremendous capacity to insulate against electricity, made it popular in the construction sector.

Unfortunately, it was quickly discovered that inhaling asbestos particles might cause a variety of respiratory and other ailments. It didn’t
seem to be an issue being around asbestos when the fibres weren’t in the air, and undisturbed asbestos isn’t regarded as a significant
concern even now. However, because it was so simple to disrupt the material and release fibres into the air”and into people’s lungs”the
EPA began outlawing asbestos in the 1970s.

Although asbestos use had largely been phased out by 1989, new rules and prohibitions were enacted as recently as 2019, when the
Environmental Protection Agency decided that outdated asbestos products could not be reintroduced into the commercial market without
EPA approval.

Asbestos: What Is the Health Risk?

Asbestos fibres can become trapped in your lungs and cause tissue damage if you breathe them in. It can take years for that damage to
manifest as a health concern, but in certain circumstances, the impacts of asbestos exposure might manifest within weeks or months.

Children who have been exposed to asbestos secondhand (typically via the clothing of relatives who deal with the substance) are more
likely to develop illness quickly. Adults exposed to asbestos, on the other hand, might develop diseases that take up to 40 years to
manifest.

Several variables can interact to cause illness as a result of exposure:

The duration of the exposure

Exposure intensity

Smoking history

Although being exposed does not ensure that you will become ill later in life, it is a risk that no one should have to accept.

Doctors and researchers now know that asbestos can cause a variety of health problems, including:

Mesothelioma, a lung illness that affects current or past smokers, has been shown to be a specific danger for youngsters exposed to
asbestos.

Asbestosis is an incurable chronic noncancerous illness that can cause respiratory problems owing to scarring, with symptoms such as
crackling sounds when breathing, shortness of breath, and heart problems.

Pleural plaques, effusion, and thickening are other lung-related conditions.

Keeping Asbestos Out of the Workplace

You will very certainly come into contact with asbestos in the environment over your lifetime. There are, however, steps you can take to
limit your exposure to asbestos in buildings:

Avoid living or working in structures constructed or modified before the year 2000.

If you’re moving into an older house, arrange for asbestos testing and inspections.

If you discover asbestos in your home or business, contact a professional asbestos abatement firm to get it removed. Never try to remove
asbestos yourself!

Make sure you don’t disturb asbestos if it’s found in your home or business. When asbestos fibres are disturbed and inhaled, asbestos
can cause serious health problems. Always keep asbestos away from the air and separate from it as much as possible. Keep away from
the asbestos source until a professional assessment can be conducted. Until an asbestos removal crew arrives, keep people out of areas
that have asbestos.

Home asbestos testing is essential, especially if there are children around. Although asbestos in its natural state does not cause health
issues, children may scratch or puncture an asbestos-containing wall. Hidden asbestos can be disturbed by earthquakes, fires, and
floods, exposing everyone in the house to hazardous particles.

Ensure that you and others are not exposed to asbestos.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to asbestos. Your health and safety are in excellent hands with Swift Asbestos Removal. Contact us now for quick and simple asbestos testing if you think your house or workplace contains asbestos, or if the
property was built before 2000.

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