The World Health Organisation "estimates, more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures. One in every three deaths from occupational cancer is estimated to be caused by asbestos."
That is a scary statement, but it is one that we don't take seriously. That figure of 107,000 deaths is expected to continually rise for the next four years.
Do you know the risks?
Occupations with a high risk of asbestos exposure include (but are not limited) to the following
Diseases caused by asbestos exposure occur 10-50 years after exposure. Early symptoms can be confused with other illnesses such as pneumonia.
What are the warning signs?
How do we prevent exposure?
When wearing a tight fitting respirator it is recommended that the wearer is facefit tested for the device.
The HSE in the UK is a great source of information on asbestos. They have a good checklist for workers on preventing exposure to asbestos.
More information on asbestos awareness training and asbestos surveys can be got from Phoenix Environmental Safety.
A little bit about Envirotrade and me.....
There are a lot of new things happening in my life. In February 2014 we launched Envirotrade to service the asbestos, demolition and decontamination industries. I have worked with these sectors for the last 20 years on the waste disposal side, and so the move over to the safety side wasn't really a scary one.
Since February things have moved fast. We purchased the new PortaCount® Pro+ Respirator Fit Tester 8038 and carried out the relevant training. We can now offer quantitative facefit testing (you can read more about this on our facefit testing page).
As a result of offering the facefit testing service our client base has grown significantly, into industries such as engineering, motor, pharmaceutical, manufacturing.
This week we relaunched our website (i was ashamed of our old one!). We now have an eCommerce store which is growing daily, so, if you can't find what you are looking for, please drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you.
If you have any suggestions for us please leave a message on the contact page.
Keep an eye out for special offers and featured products from time to time.
I came across a nice quote from Milton Berle which I have taken on as our mantra:
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door
Neal is the MD and founder of Asbestos Safe. He has 20 years experience working with Asbestos and hazardous waste and decided to bring that experience to the safety industry.