Deadly Material: Things to Know About Asbestos

Asbestos was once regarded as the ultimate building construction material because of its versatility, high resistance to electric and fire damage, durability, and, most important of all, affordability. Its status, however, went into a steep downward spiral as health experts discovered the dangerous secrets it held. Asbestos, despite its practical features, has elements that can cause cancer and other potentially fatal diseases.

The world now steers clear of materials that contain asbestos whenever possible. Australia is just one of the many countries with laws restricting the use of asbestos. This does not mean, however, that all business owners, especially those who operate industrial facilities, have a comprehensive understanding of asbestos.

For a better understanding of what asbestos is and what its effects may be, take a look at the following:

Six Types of Asbestos

There are six types of asbestos known today. Each type is considered a human carcinogen, which means while they are different when it comes to chemical compositions, all are equally dangerous to human health. The six types are known as chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, andactinolite.

Inhalation

What makes asbestos especially dangerous is that its fibres are easy to inhale. These microscopic fibres can trigger tissue build-up in the lungs and cause organ malfunction and eventual failure. People exposed to higher concentrations of asbestos are also in danger of asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other severe health complications. Here in Australia, more than 10, 000 miners have succumbed to these diseases since 1980.

Effective Alternatives

Luckily, there are many alternatives today that can match the laudable features of asbestos. Common examples include polyurethane foam, amorphous silica fabric, thermoset plastic flour, and flour fillers. Simply put, you have better reasons to rid your workplace of asbestos and eliminate its harmful effects.

Exposure to asbestos is entirely preventable. By partnering with us, you can reduce the hazards associated with asbestos. Our team of removal experts can help you get rid of asbestos content from your roofing system and ensure a safe environment.

Contact us now for a free no-obligation consultation and more information about our asbestos removal service.