Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is banned in many countries. This alone is enough to make an educated person that there must a solid reason to ban something that can come quite handy. All these countries have banned asbestos care about their people’s life. As they know what types of diseases asbestos can cause.  They know that all these diseases are not detectable for a long period of time and when they are detected the disease has already done the damage that cannot be undone.

There is no procedure today that can remove asbestos from the lungs. Hence, instead of playing with fire and get burned it is better to stay away from it. This is why many countries have banned it, but, still there are countries, stilling mining it.  The worst thing about this is, knowing how dangerous it is people are still using asbestos not only in construction but also in daily life products.

The three most reported disease caused by asbestos is asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma but, knows there have been reports of ovarian cancer in women. The reason was there was a presence of asbestos in the talcum powder they used in the genital area. There are several other types of cancer like oesophageal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and several other but, to prove completely they need more research and for this when there is a case of cancer doctors are encouraged to test the asbestos factor in the patient. 

There are six known types of asbestos. They are Trimolite, Crocidolite, Anthophyllite, Actinolite, Chrysolite, and Amosite. The most deadly and dangerous type is crocidolite and it is found in construction of the buildings, especially those building which were constructed in old times.  These were used in insulation, ceiling, flooring, tile and many other places. That because they have the quality of not absorbing water and resistance to fire as well. They are cheap as well.

Not only air but land and soil also gets contaminated with asbestos. The amazing fact about this is that if there are plants in an area with asbestos in the soil there is a very low chance of the presence of asbestos in the vegetables or fruit. That is because plants don’t minerals in a fibrous form. But still if there a well or underground water reservoir it can be mixed with the water and the use of it will be very damaging. For this type of work asbestos sampling is required to know how much work is need in an area. Then, of course, taking precautions is necessary. So, they will make sure that they are well prepared when they start working on the site.   

Then people are advised not to attempt removing asbestos from a place if they are not experts. They should call the experts as they who to handle this material in a very safe way. You have to be dangerous goods consultant to work with asbestos. Organizations are also giving hazardous chemical awareness training.