Asbestos In The HomeUnder the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations , a business licensed to remove asbestos is required when, non-friable asbestos larger than 10m2 or asbestos-contaminated dust or debris associated with the removal of that amount of non-friable asbestos. In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, some studies have suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat , kidney , esophagus , and gallbladder ( 3 , 4 ). However, the evidence is inconclusive. Mesothelioma is often not discovered for years or even decades after exposure to asbestos fibers. Before you can make an asbestos claim you must have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.
If need be, an asbestos claim can be resolved within weeks or days - for those involving malignant mesothelioma. An independent licensed asbestos assessor must undertake the air monitoring for asbestos removals. DO NOT dump asbestos waste illegally as it is a health and safety threat to the community and the environment. Asbestos fibres can also be released from handling the masks, filters or carrying bag. Veritas Consulting Safety Services is an independent company with specialist knowledge to undertake asbestos surveys. Just a couple of months of exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma 30 years later.
One of the most fatal toxicities of asbestos is its effect on breathing and the pathogenesis of lung cancer. People who work in insulation jobs, asbestos factories and mining, the heating trades, shipbuilding, brake repair, and construction are all at high risk for asbestos exposure. When the asbestos fibers settle in the mesothelium lining, the mesothelium cells start showing abnormal behavior, thereby leading to mesothelioma. If your building (house) was built before 1985, it may contain asbestos as a construction material.
The disease itself is only diagnosed only if you have a history of exposure, indicative chest X ray and physical findings and symptoms of debilitating lung fibrosis, which is characterized by abnormal development of scar tissue in the lungs. Working with, or exposure to, material that is friable , or materials or works that could cause release of loose asbestos fibers, is considered high risk. The Asbestos Ombudsman focuses on asbestos in schools and handles questions and complaints.
Another interesting study is called, Asbestos bodies in a general hospital/clinic population by Modin, B.E. ; Greenberg, S.D. ; Buffler, P.A. ; Lockhart, J.A. ; Seitzman, L.H. ; Awe, R.J. - Acta Cytol.; (United States); Journal Volume: 26:6. However, the link between these cancers and asbestos is not as clear as it is for the other cancers discussed here.
The property of durability—which made asbestos so desirable to manufacturers—is that which makes asbestos hazardous. Where goods are sampled and tested for asbestos content, testing certification must be provided to the ABF. Non-friable asbestos is generally found in sheets used in walls and ceilings, cement roof tiles, flues, water pipes and ceramic tile underlay. The Asbestos Guide for Householders and the General Public (5MB) contains further information about asbestos. Continued community education and awareness strategies on safe handling of asbestos containing materials. Many of these people recall working in thick clouds of asbestos dust, day after day.
Asbestos Exposure & Risk of Developing Asbestos Related Disease