Health Problems Associated with Asbestos Removal

If you are thinking of asbestos removal in your house or in any other structure, do not even think of doing it on your own. There are some things wherein DIY is not an option and where it will be better to spend money if you know it is going to be for the better. Removing asbestos is not a straightforward task and it is not an activity for anyone. There is a need to have the right knowledge on the exact steps that should be done and more importantly, there needs to be a complete list of state-of-the-art equipment. In the absence of the required resources, everyone’s safety can be put at risk as exposure to such can lead into a variety of health problems, including those that are mentioned below.

Mesothelioma

This is the type of cancer that is most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. This will affect the inner linings of the heart, lungs, and abdominal cavity. 80% of the cases of this kind of cancer is recorded amongst workers who are incessantly exposed to asbestos, which is why those who work in asbestos removal Sydney companies are at high risk, especially if the company does not impose strict protocols on the safety of their workers. If the right protective gear is not used during work, the risk will be higher.

In most cases, people already have mesothelioma but they do not know yet because of the very mild symptoms. Some of these symptoms include fatigue, pain, losing weight, shortness of breath, build-up of fluid, and irregularities in bowel movement. It would be best to visit the doctor once anything unhealthy starts appearing to get proper diagnosis and recommendations for possible treatment options, which may include radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy.

Lung Cancer

Based on data in November 2014, lung cancer is considered to be the fifth most common type of cancer amongst Australians, which makes it an immediate concern for the relevant authorities. The major cause is cigarette smoking, but there are also people who have been diagnosed with lung cancer but are non-smokers. This kind of cancer is also common amongst people who are involved in asbestos removal Sydney jobs as exposure to such can heighten the risk.

According to several researches in the past, the duration and concentration of exposure to asbestos is one of the most instrumental in the development of cancer cells in the lungs. The symptoms, however, will not emanate immediately. Upon inhalation of the asbestos fibres, they will first lodge on the lungs. After years, or even decades, they can lead into the formation of tumour and by then, it can develop into cancer.

Asbestosis

This is a restrictive lung disease and another one that is commonly experienced by those who are involved in asbestos removal Sydney jobs because of the frequency of their exposures. This begins by causing a scarring on the lung tissues, and in the long run, can possibly impair breathing of the sufferer. More often than not, this is experienced by people who have had long-term exposures.

One thing that should be noted about asbestosis is the fact that most of its symptoms will appear only 20 years after you have been exposed to significant amount of asbestos. Like all other asbestos-related health problems, its symptoms are hard to spot and many do not realize that they are already suffering from such condition.

In sum, being exposed to asbestos is indeed going to be risky. If your house has been built with the use of this material or if you are working in a company providing asbestos removal services, it is important to be as cautious as possible. Asbestos removalists must make sure that they follow safety protocols all the time to reduce the possibility of suffering from the health problems that have been earlier mentioned.

Absolute Environmental Services
38 Thorn St Pennant Hills, NSW, 2120, Australia
0425 257 142, (02) 9484 7313
andrew@aesaus.com.au

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