There are many hazards with in a working environment and some more apparent than others and one such hazard that can often be overlooked or ignored is that of asbestos.
Asbestos is a fiber that is a fireproof material that was used in building materials across the UK as a step towards improving health and safety and making buildings more fire proof. It was hoped that by using this fireproof material would allow people more time to leave buildings and ultimately save lives. Ironically it is now the asbestos that is causing all the health problems. The asbestos fibers can cause long term health problems when breathed in. The fibers sit in the lungs, sometimes as long as 40 years with out any problems and then over time these fibers can harden and restrict movement of the lungs. This can be fatal in some cases and can often cause lung and throat cancer.
It is important that people who come into contact with asbestos are made aware of the scale of any potential problems that asbestos can cause. It is advisable that protective equipment is worn at all times when dealing with asbestos and should be disposed of in the correct manor. It is also advisable that companies provide their employees with enough training to deal with and work with asbestos if their job means that they are likely to come into contact with it.
There are rules and regulations that need to be adhered to in order to remove asbestos and a survey can be done in order to establish the condition and type of asbestos that might be present in the building. The removal of asbestos has to be done following strict guidelines and procedures and must be disposed of using the correct techniques and methods.
If you are working in the building trade or perhaps you are an electrician and may have to drill through suspicious materials than an asbestos awareness course would be advisable in order to help you identify any possible places in which you might find asbestos in order to allow you to become aware of any risk.
Asbestos can be found in the following materials: toilet seats, toilet cisterns, bitumen, floor tiles, fascia boards and even guttering. As there is a broad range of materials that asbestos can be found in and care should be taken on an ongoing basis when working near or on materials that could potentially contain asbestos.
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