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What is Asbestos & What are the Dangers of Exposure

Asbestos is a term to describe a cluster of minerals made of microscopic fibres which are resistant to heat and electricity. This material had been used in both residential and commercial buildings up until the year of 1999, however, it was banned the following year when it was discovered to damage human health.
Asbestos is a biological fibrous mineral that was originally used for insulation purposes

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Asbestos is a term to describe a cluster of minerals made of microscopic fibres which are resistant to heat and electricity. This material had been used in both residential and commercial buildings up until the year of 1999, however, it was banned the following year when it was discovered to damage human health. Although the material is no longer used, the problem is still very much present, as it remains in buildings constructed before the year 2000.Asbestos exposure causes 5000 deaths every year as it can be very easily disturbed, which leads to harmful fibres floating through the air and being inhaled. With this in mind, it’s essential to be aware of how to spot asbestos and the health conditions it can cause.


Those most at risk of coming across asbestos in their jobs include:·        

Builders·       
Carpenters·        
Fire and burglar alarm installers·        
Roofers·        
Painters and decorators·         Electricians

There is also a possibility that you will be at a higher risk of asbestos exposure if you live with someone who has come in contact with asbestos, as fibres stick to clothes.

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Asbestos is a biological fibrous mineral that was originally used for insulation purposes in residential and commercial properties from the 1950s through to the 1980s. The material was mined in counties including China, Brazil and Russia and transported over to the UK. The materials mixed within asbestos make the final product strong, heat-resistant and sound-proof.It’s important to be aware that buildings built before the year 2000 may have asbestos present.

Therefore, when living and working in pre-2000 properties, you have a significantly higher risk of being exposed to the substance and breathing in the fibres which can lead to severe lung conditions. If asbestos remains undisturbed, the risk level is lowered.In the year 1999, asbestos was banned in the UK, but evidence later released stated that manufacturers were aware of the dangers the substance posed to human life, but many refused to disclose the information in the event that it would affect their profits. Eventually, the truth was revealed, and these companies faced charges from victims who suffered from asbestos-related health conditions.Although the UK is one of 50 countries that have prohibited the use of asbestos, it iis still widely used in countries such as Russia, India and China.

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What are the different types of asbestos?

Although asbestos is a general term, there are two main types known as serpentine and amphibole and these subtypes branch into six different minerals. The three main types of asbestos to be aware of are:

1. Chrysotile


(white asbestos)Chrysotile, otherwise known as ‘white asbestos’ is the most commonly used type of asbestos. It is water-absorbent, heat-resistant and has a fine, flexible texture. Due to these qualities, it is perfect for use in cement, insulation and roofing materials.

2. Amosite


(brown asbestos)Amosite was originally founded in Africa and is recognised by its brownish tone. It offers qualities such as heat-resistance and durability, which make it perfect for use in cement, plumbing insulation, and electrical insulation. While all forms of asbestos pose extremely serious health risks, this type of asbestos has been scientifically-proven to be a leading cause of lung cancer.

3. Crocidolite


(blue asbestos)Crocidolite has a bluish tone and is composed of extremely thin fibres, which makes it one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos. Susceptible to breaking down, these fibres tend to float in the air and are easily inhaled before settling on the lungs.There are also three lesser-known forms of asbestos to be aware of, however, these were never sold for commercial purposes:

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There are also three lesser-known forms of asbestos to be aware of, however, these were never sold for commercial purposes:

1. Tremolite

remolite fibres were typically incorporated into chrysotile asbestos and used to create products such as sealant, paint, and talcum powder. Coming in several colourways such as grey, white and green, it is strong, flexible and heat-resistant.

2. Actinolite

Extremely lightweight and darker in hue, actinolite was typically used for insulation, gardening and fireproofing purposes. It comes in either a fragile or thick texture and multiplies when heated which makes it ideal for insulating buildings.

3. Anthophyllite

Recognised by a brown-grey shade, anthophyllite was never used for building purposes, but was instead found in products such as talcum powder. Although this type of asbestos has fewer real-life connections to lung conditions, the risk factor is still very much present.
Asbestos-related diseases

Asbestos exposure can illness, ranging from mind lung conditions to life-threatening diseases. Here is a summary of some of the most widespread asbestos-related illnesses below:

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lung, heart, abdomen, or testicles. Researchers have discovered that Mesothelioma can only be caused by asbestos exposure. This form of cancer is hard to diagnose until it has reached other parts of the body, but typically takes 15-60 years after asbestos exposure for symptoms to develop.

Lung cancer

One of the most common illnesses caused by asbestos-exposure is lung cancer, with over 4000 people being diagnosed every single year. The disease occurs when fine fibres settle on the lungs, which causes cancerous tumours to form. Although lung cancer can be life-threatening, it is possible to be treated if it is caught early enough.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a condition that causes scarring on the lungs after the inhalation of asbestos. While cancer tumours very rarely form, it does cause the lungs to grow weaker over time and leads to symptoms including shortness of breath, tiredness and a persistent cough.


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