What are the Most Common Health Risks Linked to Asbestos?

The health risks associated with the unprofessional removal of asbestos within a home or commercial premises range from serious conditions to fatal. As asbestos is a naturally occurring substance used for many decades before 2000, it means that it is still likely to be present in older buildings in various forms throughout its construction. People who come into contact with asbestos-containing materials are at risk of various health problems. When working with asbestos, if it is disturbed, fibres released into the breathable air can pollute the lungs and lead to cancer.

Not everyone exposed will develop fatal health problems, but symptoms associated with asbestos exposure can reveal themselves many years after exposure. This is why asbestos surveying is extremely important, and should only be completed by a professional.

Dangerous

It is important to realise that asbestos particles are extremely dangerous to human health. When asbestos is damaged, disturbed or deteriorating over time, these particles are released into the air and breathed into the lungs.

Once in the lungs, these tiny fibres are impossible to remove. They start with irritation to the lining of the lungs and the lungs themselves. A lot of the illnesses commonly associated with asbestos are exclusively caused by the substance.

Cancers

Developing serious diseases is one aspect of asbestos exposure, but the increase in the risk of various forms of cancer are directly linked to exposure also.

Mesothelioma is rare cancer directly caused by asbestos-containing materials. Affecting the membrane that covers the lungs and chest cavity, this cancer is also related to cancer of the membrane covering the abdominal cavity. As well as Mesothelioma, lung cancer can be a result of asbestos exposure at a more significant level than smoking cigarettes.

Cancers are the worst-case scenario from accidental or incidental exposure from asbestos removal or disturbance. To eliminate the many health risks associated with this form of work, asbestos testing needs to be completed by a professional body in asbestos services in all instances.

Minimise Exposure

Reducing your risk of exposure in both a workplace or a domestic setting is of vital importance. When working with asbestos in a domestic settings, dealing with a company specialising and qualified in asbestos removal in south Manchester is the step to take.

By identifying the various forms of asbestos within the property by using our asbestos testing service, a plan can be created to maintain or remove asbestos and dispose of it correctly without further health risk. In the case of commercial settings, an employer has the responsibility of ensuring any asbestos exposure is minimised by working with professionals to provide a safe environment to occupy.

Contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today.

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