ASBESTOS EXPOSURE IN YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS
For the past 100 years, asbestos has been one of the most widely used materials in industries such as manufacturing, construction, and shipping. Asbestos has been found to be one of the leading causes of respiratory illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other forms of cancer. Exposure happens when the particles of the asbestos are inhaled into the lungs. This can happen very easily and most of the time it is not even noticed by the workers. This is why it is very important to always wear protective face gear when you are working with asbestos. It is also very important to ensure that when transporting to a work site that all proper precisions have been taken. Western Environmental Solutions provides commercial asbestos removal services in Calgary, Edmonton & Victoria.
High-Risk Asbestos Exposure Areas
One of the many questions new workers have is where asbestos exposure can occur in the workplace. Exposure can occur in many different settings and occupations. Some of the professions that have a high risk of exposure are professions such as drywall tapers, electricians, firefighters, and auto mechanics. Other high-risk workplace areas are Shipyards, Power Plants, Metal Works, Schools, Chemical Plants, and Oil Refineries. You may also come into contact with asbestos when working with certain types of materials such as insulation, drywall, ceiling and floor tiles, cement, paint, and others. It is also important to note that any house built before 1980 have a very high chance of being built with asbestos products. So it is very important to take precautions when working in areas such as these.
Secondary Asbestos Exposure
There is also such thing as secondary exposure when it comes to asbestos. This means exposing your family to asbestos after you come home from work. There are three main ways you can expose your loved ones to asbestos. First is the laundry, if you have been working around asbestos and someone does your laundry you have a chance of exposing then to the asbestos particles. The second is by furniture if you come in contact with your furniture without changing you can expose your loved one as well. The last is with physical contact with loved ones without changing your clothes.
ASBESTOS HEALTH RISKS
Asbestos is a carcinogenic and prolonged exposure to the harmful particles can result in the following medical conditions.
- Mesothelioma: an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lung lining.
- Asbestosis: a lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.
- Lung Cancer: a cancerous tumor that spreads and is found forms in your Lungs.
- Laryngeal Cancer: a disease in which malignant cancer forms in the larynx tissue.
- Ovarian Cancer: a disease in which cancer cells form on or in a woman’s ovaries.
- Testicular Cancer: a disease in which cancer cells form on or in a man’s testicles.
- Pleural Plaques: deposits of fibers in the parietal pleura.
- Pleural Thickening: a lung disease that is caused by scarring thickening in the pleura, the membrane that covers the lungs.
All of these conditions have been linked to asbestos exposure and asbestos in the workplace and many if not all can result in death. If you believe your commercial property has asbestos, it is mandatory for the health and safety of the employees and occupants to have the property properly mitigate and have professional asbestos removal services.