Asbestos- How Can It be Dangerous to People?
People who are working or has an experience in construction industry must have heard about asbestos and its possible dangers.
Despite fact that there are quite a number of people who are aware of this, many of them are not sure why. It is very important that people will know what asbestos can do and why it should be avoided.
In order for you to take a full grasp on the dangers that asbestos can bring, here are some points you need to know. With this information, you can even protect your loved ones.
Before anything else, let us start with having the basic knowledge on what really is asbestos.
Asbestos is made from minerals. But, its substance is fluffy by texture. This mineral is widely used in the 1990s as a good insulation material due to its natural property.
Different construction companies from the different parts of the world has used the material in a lot of buildings. Asbestos has been profitable to local and international construction companies.
Additionally, they have discovered that mixing the said material with other commonly used material to build buildings such as plastic, paper and concrete will make it even more strong. Construction companies has then made a more effective material for a stronger work.
Asbestos come in different type in multiple strands which have the same uses and side effects. The US law recognizes six types of asbestos.
The question now is, why is asbestos dangerous? If you are going to look at its natural and solid state, there is nothing that makes it dangerous but its fibers which are tiny and invisible. As these fibers travel though air, they cannot be tasted, touched and smelled. Due to this, people will inhale the fibers without even noticing it.
Actually you may not notice the side effects right then and there as you inhaled the fibers because it will take 40-50 years for it to take effect. So, not having in contact with the material for several years isn’t a guarantee that you are already safe.
With the dangers it can give to your health, it is very important that you hire professional services to remove asbestos contamination in your building.
As the tiny fibers will be inhaled, they will build up in your lungs that can sure do harm to your health. When they start to accumulate, it can also start to block airways and even some parts of your lungs that carries and transmits air to the different parts of your body. A person can then have difficulty in breathing and can even experience severe condition over time.
The related condition that comes from asbestos inhalation are asbestosis, pleuritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Now, you already know the possible dangers that asbestos can come with. So, better avoid this material to stay away from its side effects.