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.
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.