Several serious diseases can be acquired from asbestos. Cancer in the lungs, as well as mesothelioma, is a severe disease that you may get from asbestos as well as other non-malignant lung issues like asbestosis, pleural plaques and pleural thickening. The reality is that hundreds of people die from asbestos-related diseases every single year. Before the risk to health were widely known, asbestos was once one of the most popular materials for construction. Australia bans its use for manufacturing products for construction and other purposes.
Since it is both durable and resistant to heat, it is the top choice by many to be used in a wide range of products. Those products include textiles, plastics, floor tiles, gaskets, electrical fittings, boilers, building materials, insulation, clutch and brake linings, sheets and pipes, not to mention that asbestos is also significantly used in roofing.
Moreover, the most significant risk to health is the exposure to airborne asbestos particles. Once the asbestos particles become airborne, all the people around especially those working with it may inhale particles which remain in the lungs and will eventually cause severe disease. Depending on how much and how long they have been exposed to asbestos is the chance of developing an asbestos-related illness.
Asbestos and any other products that contain it have been banned all over Australia starting in 2003. It means that asbestos no longer can be imported, stored, supplied, sold, installer, used or re-used anywhere in Australia. However, this ban does not extend to asbestos-containing products in existing installations like in vinyl floor tiles and asbestos cement roofing or sheeting. These products can be significantly left in place until time comes that it will be replaced. Also, in terms of removing large amounts of fixed or installed asbestos-containing material, the Occupational Health & safety regulations specify that only licensed removalists should handle the job.
Furthermore, for homes built or renovated before 1990, may still have asbestos products in them. Keep in mind that once asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in, it can bring severe health issues. If building materials like that of asbestos cement sheets used for walls and roofs are still intact, the asbestos fibres are tightly bound and only very few escapes into the air. These materials are improbable to cause health issues. So, to figure out if there is a considerable possibility of disturbing it, you should hire MPA Asbestos testing services to make that determination.
If asbestos-containing material is disturbed, for instance, during home renovations that require cutting, drilling, sawing, or breaking, the harmful fibres of this material will most likely be released. Thus, always consider contacting MPA Asbestos testing services first before you make a move on your renovation project.