Known as the silent killer, asbestos was one of the most common building materials used across Australia primarily in the mid-20th century. Used for the construction of homes and businesses, asbestos has been proven to present serious risks to your health – even causing death. That’s why asbestos removal in New South Wales and Australia-wide is becoming increasingly common as the risks and side effects are made more well-aware.
Many structures built before the 21st century pose the risk of containing asbestos, along with the potential of health-damaging properties. When it comes to identifying, and acting on asbestos in your property, be sure you’ve got your facts straight.
Dispelling Common Myths
As a business owner or employer, it’s important to understand how to properly identify and remove asbestos. Acting on common misinformation and myths can have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of your employees.
Take a look at some of the most common asbestos myths and equip yourself with the right information.
Myth 1: Newer properties are free from asbestos
Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. The use of asbestos in construction ceased only after the year 2000. If you’re the owner of a newer property built before 2000, we recommend contacting a professional for sound advice.
Myth 2: Mesothelioma is contagious
Mesothelioma, a type of cancer commonly affecting the lungs, appears approximately 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. The risk of mesothelioma only appears if in close proximity or in contact with a contaminated object. The condition is not contagious and cannot be transmitted between people.
Myth 3: You can rid asbestos from your body if you act quickly
The symptoms of asbestos exposure are not always immediately evident and damage to health often depends on the individual. If you’re concerned about contact with asbestos, speak with a medical professional as soon as possible.
Myth 4: Once found, asbestos should be removed immediately
You should never remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos removal and disposal require expertise in order to minimise risks to yourself and the people around you. As soon as asbestos is identified, contact an asbestos removal professional for expert advice.
Myth 5: Wearing a mask will keep you safe
Generic face masks are not adequate when working around areas affected by asbestos. Asbestos professionals wear purpose-designed masks for minimising damage to health.
Health Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure
Only recently have we discovered the health concerns associated with asbestos exposure. Leading to mesothelioma, a cancer commonly found in the lungs, asbestos exposure can be a serious detriment to your health. In most cases, symptoms of asbestos damage can take anywhere from 20 to 40 years to present.
Common asbestos symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
Swelling around the neck and face
Increased blood pressure
Loss of appetite
Crackled breathing due to damaged lungs
Eventual weight loss
If you or someone you know is experiencing any symptoms related to asbestos, contact a medical professional.
Expert Asbestos Removal
If you suspect asbestos on your property, leave it be. Asbestos is less dangerous to your health if it hasn’t been damaged by contact or attempted removal. At DIG IT, we specialise in providing safe and reliable asbestos demolition and asbestos removal services to commercial and industrial clients all around the city. Please get in touch with us for more information.