Why is Asbestos so dangerous? All you must-know

Asbestos in Melbourne has been infamously in the news for being dangerous to human health. 

Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals composed of thin, needle-like fibres. Although asbestos has acted as an effective strengthening and fireproofing material for constructors and builders, it’s now banned in many countries. 

The reason behind asbestos banning this material is its hazardousness. 

When someone ingested or inhaled asbestos dust, some of the minute fibres can become forever trapped in their body. Asbestos fibres can cause scarring, and inflammation and eventually lead to genetic damage. 

One of the most common ways asbestos fibres can enter our body is through breathing. Asbestos is most hazardous when it’s friable. The term ‘friable’ means that the asbestos is in crumbling condition and can be easily crumbled by hand, releasing the fibres into the air. 

You must know, asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, undamaged laboratory cabinet tops, floor tiles, fire doors, siding shingles, etc. will not release any asbestos fibres unless they’re disturbed or damaged in some or the other manner. 

When you drill into an asbestos ceiling tile, or it’s broken due to some reason, there are higher chances of it releasing fibres into the air. If it’s left alone and not disturbed, it will not release any carcinogenic fibres. 

Here’s a list of what exposure to asbestos can lead to: 

Mesothelioma: It’s a cancer condition that affects the lining of the lungs (pleura) and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract. It’s known to be exclusively related to asbestos exposure, and by the time it’s diagnosed, it becomes fatal. 

Asbestosis: It’s another serious condition that occurs after substantial exposure to asbestos over many years. The condition can cause progressive shortness of breath, and over time can be fatal as well. 

Pleural thickening: Within this condition, the lining of the lung (pleura) thickens and swells. It’s a condition that happens after massive asbestos exposure only. If this condition gets worse, the lung itself can get squeezed, leading to shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest. 

Asbestos-related lung cancer: Quite similar to lung cancer that’s caused due to smoking, it’s estimated that there is around one lung cancer for every mesothelioma death. 

You must ensure to keep the asbestos intact. If you want it removed, then you must hire professional asbestos removal Melbourne western suburbs. They’re trained to remove asbestos from residential homes and commercial buildings. Furthermore, they care about the well-being of the society and hence professionally dispose of the asbestos material.

The removal and asbestos disposal in Melbourne will depend on various factors such as property size and includes services such as inspection, testing, removal, and safe disposal.

You can contact us right now to get a rough idea of the services that we offer at 03 9704 2952, 0404 781 888.

Tommy Clappers

Tommy Clappers

Tommy Clappers is the Owner and Founder of Asbestos Australia Removalist specialising as a Class A & B Licensed Company with highly trained ticketed staff with over 25+ years in the industry in Friable & Non-Friable Commercial, Industrial & Domestic. He's well-skilled in all types of Asbestos Removal and Hazardous Materials. He's an expert in Encapsulation, Soil Remediation and Industrial Cleaning. He prides himself on creating safer environments for his team and his client's safety and ensuring every removal is safe and clean. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.

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