Why is asbestos so dangerous to work with?
Asbestos kills around 5000 workers every year, did you know this is more deaths than people killed on the road?
Around 20 tradesmen die every week due to exposure to asbestos.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.
The Real Story of Asbestos? The human health effects from long-term unsafe asbestos exposure are well documented. Asbestos fibres are easily inhaled and carried into the lower regions of the lung where they can cause fibrotic lung disease (asbestosis) and changes in the lining of the chest cavity (pleura).
Training should be given.
Many employees can come across asbestos especially the workers, many people don’t know the hazards of asbestos and haven’t had the training, so how do you know your safe from asbestos?
Personal protective equipment must be warn.
It is so important to be protected by asbestos, your employer must provide you with the correct equipment for the job, training should also be given on how to take the equipment off once you have been working in an asbestos area in case they have been in contact with asbestos. PPE should also be replaced once warn once.
According to OSHA, the exposure limit for asbestos is 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter of air on an eight-hour shift. This exposure is also restricted to 1.0 f/cc for a 30-minute limit for asbestos. With the knowledge of exposure limits, employees are more likely to remove themselves from a situation if they feel they are overexposed to asbestos before they are at risk for experiencing negative health effects.
Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) and causes around 5000 deaths every year.