Asbestos finds use in many industries worldwide due to its affordability and fire-retardant properties. But it was discovered that the crystal-like mineral could cause serious illnesses in people who suffer exposure from it.
The shipbuilding industry utilises asbestos in many of their insulations until in the 1980s. Though governments have regulated asbestos utilisation, workers and their families nowadays are still at risk of asbestos exposure.
Workers and employers should always practise safety measures
Skilled workers including joiners, plumbers, carpenters, boilermakers and electricians are at high-risk of asbestos exposure in their work. People release asbestos into the air through grinding, brazing and cutting activities and inhaled by workers or have the tiny particles stuck to their clothes.
Workers who do such jobs are required to wear disposable or one-time-use coveralls to prevent them from directly contacting asbestos. The overalls should be disposed of properly for asbestos to be contained.
It is also important that they need to thoroughly wash and change clothes before going home to their family.
The illnesses linked to asbestos are fatal
Many people worldwide died because of an asbestos-related illness. Workers could have their family exposed to asbestos when they become negligent at work.
Mesothelioma is one of the common illnesses linked to asbestos when workers accidentally inhale the tiny fibres that stick to their lungs until it becomes fatal cancer. Other illnesses linked to asbestos are asbestosis and pleural thickening.
Most of the time, doctors diagnose such illnesses if it is already have progressed or at a later stage. It is important to note that such cancer could be similar to lung cancer caused by smoking. Aside from medical experts, legal counsels also offer help to asbestos victims mostly if negligent employers are involved.
Asbestos is a dangerous mineral that could easily scatter in the air and contaminate the whole family. Although governments have regulated asbestos utilisation, you should always practise safety measures, as there are still many old buildings and homes that could still have asbestos until now.