Asbestos is a natural silicate mineral consist of tiny fibers produced from natural mining. It is heat-resistant and non-flammable material. Asbestos is extensively used in the construction industry in order to guard the product or stuff against fire and for insulation, shipbuilding, railways, and electricity. Asbestos was also used in the manufacture of roofing material, which is still used by the people in general.
Behind its benefit factors, asbestos has a severe side that can turn the material into a dangerous and deadly substance. Asbestos can produce tiny fiber particles under certain conditions, which if inhaled would cause diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
Mesothelioma and asbestosis are the type of rare cancer which are very dangerous and deadly that usually occurs in the membrane around the lungs, called the pleura. The main cause of the cancer cells that attack the lungs called the mesothelium is exposure to asbestos dust. This disease usually occurs 20 to 30 years after the initial exposure to asbestos dust.
Identify Asbestos Around You!
We may ever come across houses or other buildings that use asbestos as a building roof. And since the 1960s and 1970s, asbestos fiber was widely used by the public as a home roof insulation.
Besides being used as a roof, the building is generally used as asbestos cement sheets (fibro), drainage, chimney pipe, or other building boards.
People who are highly at risk of having health problems from asbestos generally working in the mines or asbestos industry. But that does not mean a roof made of asbestos is not dangerous at all, just a lower risk of health problems. Various forms of asbestos material create different levels of health risks.
If the asbestos fibers in a stable form such as sheets and in good condition, then it’s a low health risk.
But, if the asbestos-containing material (ACM) is already broken or damaged, it can endanger your health.
To reduce the asbestos exposure in short-term prevention, you can do these steps;
- Spraying water onto sheets of asbestos to prevent soil, dust or fibers in the air.
- Closing asbestos with plastic sheets or tarpaulins to avoid exposure to the weather.
- Prevent children to play on the roof of a house made of asbestos.
- Changing the sheets of asbestos that have been damaged or deteriorated.
- Limits the utilization of asbestos in the room of your house as much as possible.
If you often have direct contact with asbestos, you should consult an expert Asbestos Watch Adelaide or check yourself to a doctor before the mesothelioma attack your body.