Asbestos has been widely used since ancient times because of its remarkable properties. It is highly resistant to flame or heat and electrical or chemical damage. It is very flexible and lightweight. It can absorb sound. It is cheap because it can be found in large quantities that can be easily mined. In 2006 alone, over two million tons of asbestos were mined worldwide.
We now know that Asbestos is dangerous for our body. Let us see the five more important reasons to stay completely away from it. After this, be sure to contact asbestos experts in manchester if you have any signs of asbestos in your home.
Asbestos can cause many serious diseases
All of the diseases that are connected to Asbestos exposure are serious, and some of them cannot be treated. Therefore, it is very important to take every precaution at the exposure stage, to protect ourselves from these diseases. The Asbestos fibers can enter the human body through our respiratory or digestive system.
- The main diseases that are connected to Asbestos exposure are:
- Lung cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Esophagus cancer
Asbestos is not completely banned
Many people, knowing that asbestos is dangerous, believe that the U.S. government and other developed nations governments have completely banned its usage. Unfortunately, this is not true. Many negotiations took place since the first ban of asbestos in 1989, mainly caused by manufacturers who claimed that substitutes would also be harmful. Today, only a few items containing asbestos remain banned. Among them, we can find flooring felt, commercial or corrugated paper and some spray ingredients. Ban also includes any new asbestos applications.
Asbestos can still be found in many products
In certain amounts, it is still legal for some products to contain Asbestos. Most of these products are used in building and construction and may exist in new structures as well. Some of the products that may still contain Asbestos are electrical wiring insulation, vinyl sheet flooring, and tiles, asphalt floor tiles, elevator brake shoes, cement pipes, fire blankets, acoustical plaster, cement wallboard.
Asbestos exists in many buildings
Almost all buildings constructed before 1980 contain asbestos. Most professionals agree that it is safer to leave Asbestos material in place than to remove it unless it is considered “friable”—which means easily damaged or broken. If it becomes friable, then with very little pressure the Asbestos fibers can be released into the air and become breathable. Asbestos fibers can also be released when the Asbestos material is damaged or when we renovate or demolish an Asbestos containing building. Therefore, it is very important to use trained professionals for this job and follow certain safety protocols.
Our body cannot completely flush out Asbestos
The human body is capable of disposing of away most of the Asbestos fibers with a diameter between 3μ and 5μ that inserts the body through breathing. It can also flush out most of the fibers that may enter our body with food or water. The problems mainly consist when Asbestos fibers with a diameter smaller than 3μ and bigger than 5μ and enter the body through breathing. If these fibers reach our lungs tissue, they cannot be removed, and they cause a permanent inflammation for our entire life. Some scientists believe that the Asbestos fibers can travel through the body to other organs and cause permanent inflammation there, too.