Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was widely used in various industries due to its heat resistance, strength, and insulation properties. However, asbestos exposure can lead to serious health problems. In this article, we’ll discuss the effects of asbestos exposure, short and long-term health effects, and prevention measures. Effects of Asbestos Exposure: Asbestos […]
Asbestos is a very dangerous substance and can be found in many different locations in buildings and in industrial waste. Asbestos has to be handled in the correct manner. Find out more on the ProTrainings Health & Safety WiKi pages.
This killer substance is a danger in many different sectors and it is estimated that 20 tradesmen, 4 plumbers, 6 electricians and 8 joiners die every week from this hidden killer. It is important to know when there may be a risk of exposure and how to avoid coming into contact with fibres, dust or any part.
It was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950’s to the mid-1980’s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 can obtain asbestos and they can be homes, schools, offices or hospitals. Materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.
Asbestos related deaths
Asbestos-related deaths have levelled out and are due to decline. Annual mesothelioma deaths increased substantially over the last few decades due to past asbestos exposures, but have remained broadly level over the last 5 years; projections suggest a reduction beyond the year 2020. Why is this? Now, the rules and regulations around asbestos have bought […]
Asbestos and its dangers
Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, Asbestos fibres are present in the environment in the UK, therefore, people are exposed to very low levels of fibres, where individuals are working on or near a site where damaged or broken materials that contain asbestos are present, this could dramatically increase […]