Health hazards and dangers associated with Asbestos

Asbestos is a common word every one of us is familiar of. Asbestos is a combination of six natural minerals. This combination has proved to be better flame retardant and as a better insular. Though Asbestos has occurred for thousands of years before, it has been successful in reaching out to the masses during the late 19th century at the peak of the Industrial Revolution. Initially, it was used in cars for the purpose of fire proofing. Cigarettes too made use of asbestos for the same purpose. During the 1890s and 1980s, asbestos became commonly used for safe insulation in many types of structures.

Asbestos was used in large quantities earlier. But it was the miners who understood the dangers of Asbestos on health. It was in the year 1970 that the toxicity of asbestos came out in public. Majority of the mining companies knew the dangers of this substance right from the 1930s, and they have kept this a secret from the miners. Direct exposure to asbestos caused many workers suffer from fatal illnesses like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

 

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The reason why Asbestos is dangerous is because it is extremely fine a substance. It is easily airborne and hence the particles are breathed into the lungs. It then attaches itself with the lungs and prevents oxygen from reaching the blood stream. The employees of home building industry who used asbestos for their work were most likely to contract the cancer which is mesothelomia. Mesotelomia is a cancer of the pleura or the lining of the lung. This disease can be called as a very deadly disease that asbestos has ever caused. The sad part is that during the early days, the wives of the miners would also contract cancer by washing the clothes of their husbands.
The diseases like mesothelomia or any other asbestos related diseases are not curable and are fatal in nature. Since Asbestos is a highly toxic substance, it should not be encouraged to be used in the industry. For ensuring the safety of all around, it is very essential for preventing the use of asbestos in the present days. While planning for asbestos removal, care should be taken to contact an experienced asbestos removal company so that the task will be done with utmost care. Removal of asbestos from your domain can help everyone from the harms of this deadly substance.