Asbestos health hazards
Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking.
More the exposure more are the chances for developing harmful effects.
Continuous exposure to friable asbestos results in repository related diseases.
Major health hazards:
Asbestosis — Asbestosis is a serious, progressive, long-term non-cancer disease of the lungs.This is caused due to inhaling asbestos fibers that causes lung tissues to scar. The scarring makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood.
Lung Cancer — Lung cancer causes the largest number of deaths related to asbestos exposure. People who work in the mining, milling, manufacturing of asbestos, and those who use asbestos and its products are more likely to develop lung cancer than the general population.
Mesothelioma — Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining (membrane) of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart and almost all cases are linked to exposure to asbestos.This disease takes many years to show up.
Exposure to asbestos:
People can be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, their communities, or their homes. Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen
Risk Factors for asbestos health hazards:
- Concentration of asbestos fibers
- Exposure time period
- Frequency of that time period asbestos was exposed
- Size, shape and chemical makeup of asbestos fibers
Reduce the hazards of asbestos:
- Employers should provide training and awareness of operations where there is any potential of exposure to asbestos.
- Employers should force workers to have all kinds of protective and safety wearings and equipments.
- Airborne levels of asbestos are never to exceed legal worker exposure limits.
- Medical monitoring of workers is also required when legal limits and exposure times are exceeded.