The adverse health effects from long term exposure to asbestos are well documented. Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health complications. Fibres are released when building materials containing asbestos are disturbed or damaged. These fibres when inhaled can increase the risk of mesothelioma or lung cancer. When carrying out asbestos removal works you must take proper precautions to protect you and others from exposure.
In this article, we will discuss about the harmful effects of long term exposure to asbestos. Also, you will learn about the preventive steps that you can take to reduce asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Health Effects: An Overview
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral. Due to its high heat and fire resistance, the fibrous mineral was widely used as an insulating material in buildings. However, later several studies documented serious adverse health effects of asbestos exposure in humans. As a result, it has now been banned in many countries around the world.
The adverse health effects are generally not immediate. It often takes decades for the disease to develop. Once diagnosed, however, it’s usually too late. Therefore, it’s important that you take proactive measures to prevent exposure to the toxic material.
When the asbestos fibres are inhaled, they are carried to the lungs where they change the chest cavity lining (pleura) and cause fibrotic lung disease (asbestosis). Overtime, exposure to the fibrous material can cause reduced capacity of the lungs to supply oxygen to the bloodstream. Long term inhalation of the fibres can increase the risk of mesothelioma – a type of lung cancer.
How to Prevent Asbestos-related Disorders
Asbestos-related disorders can be prevented through asbestos removal. However, do-it-yourself (DIY) asbestos removal is not recommended. Disposing of asbestos requires great care to prevent exposure. Only licensed asbestos contractors can safely and effectively remove asbestos from the building.
Experienced and licensed asbestos contractors use protective gears and specialized equipment to avoid exposure to asbestos. They have comprehensive knowledge of the local regulations that relate to safe removal of asbestos.
After asbestos is removed, it must be placed inside a protective storage device and then taken to a landfill. A licensed asbestos removal company takes great care to ensure legally permissible and safe disposal of asbestos.
Asbestos exposure can result in serious health complications. Long term exposure to the material can lead to harmful health effects. It’s important that you contact an experienced and licensed asbestos removal company to dispose the dangerous material.
We carry out asbestos removal with great sensitivity and care. We take all the proper care and precautions required for safe disposal of the asbestos containing building material.
You can rest assured that we will carry out the work while adhering to professional standards and legal regulations regarding safe disposal of asbestos.
Contact us today for cheap asbestos removal in west Cambridge, and protect yourself and your family from asbestos-related health risks.