Asbestos as a Health Hazard

It has been discovered that many cases of mesothelioma and cancer have been caused due to asbestos fibers being present in the lungs. As this was discovered, all industries that used a lot of asbestos had to rethink their processes ensuring that their workers were no longer at risk from inhaling asbestos. Although in some cases this was difficult, it had to be done otherwise the industries responsible would face some hefty medical law suites.

What is not so easy to accomplish though, is the making safe from health hazards any buildings that were constructed since the 1800s. As it was found that by adding asbestos to construction materials they became better insulators and more resistant to fire, 50% of all buildings constructed between the 1800s and 1990, contained at least some elements of asbestos and so could potentially, be a health hazard.

Of course, the use of asbestos in construction work was banned but in Australia for instance, that ban did not start until 2003. That means that any building constructed prior to that, could be a potential health hazard to its occupants. To facilitate peace of mind for those people that own buildings built before 2003 in Sydney, there is a company that specializes in asbestos removal Sydney but similar companies operate elsewhere in the country. These companies have staffs that are trained in testing for asbestos as well as the removal of any found and of course, the safe disposal of that asbestos. These companies and their services can offer great peace of mind to any home owner that wants to ensure their families are not at risk from any asbestos that may have been used in the construction of their home.

Most of the work for these specialist companies comes though from building demolition companies. Demolition companies are often hired to demolish older buildings and before the hazards of asbestos were fully understood, they simply demolished the buildings any way they could. Now however, as the demolition of those buildings could release harmful asbestos fibers into the atmosphere where they can be inhaled, later causing mesothelioma or cancer, tests for the presence of asbestos in the buildings construction materials have to be carried out prior to any demolition taking place. If asbestos is found to be present, it must safely be removed before any demolition work can begin. There are several different types of asbestos that can be found in building and each one has different methods for its safe disposal in order to avoid becoming a further health hazard. The specialist companies therefore have to know all the properties these different types of asbestos have and also know the different ways in which they can be safely disposed of.

There is of course a 50% chance that no asbestos was used in the construction of your building, if it was built prior to 2003 but there is a 100% chance, because of the government’s ban, that if your building was built after that, it is free from asbestos hazards.

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