Asbestos is a dangerous substance. After all, it’s not only against the law to use, but it’s also harmful to people’s health.
Asbestos is extremely toxic, so knowing what it is, how to recognise it, and why it is so deadly is crucial. However, there are still a few myths concerning the substance, so how can you tell the truth from the lies?
Some of these myths have already been explored in a previous blog, but there are still a few that exist. We’ll debunk three more falsehoods in this section, putting the record right once and for all.
1. Asbestos is not dangerous in all forms.
Bad, wrong, and more wrong. Although there are various distinct forms of asbestos, they are all equally deadly. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that some are better or less dangerous than others.
Although chrysotile is by far the most prevalent variety of asbestos, there is also amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite to be concerned about, all of which are as deadly. You might get into a lot of trouble if you disrupt any form of asbestos.
2. Diseases caused by asbestos are infectious.
When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or destroyed, minute fibres are released into the air. People in the area can inhale the particles and acquire mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related illness as a result.
Fortunately, neither of these disorders is infectious. When families of construction workers began to get ill with related illnesses, the belief that they were communicable arose. The reason for this was most likely because the construction worker, or anybody else who had been working with asbestos, had carried asbestos microfibres into the family house through their clothing.
3. Asbestos is solely a problem for factory and construction employees.
When it comes to construction workers, another popular myth is that only those who work in close proximity to asbestos are at risk. This is untrue once more. The only reason industrial and construction workers are commonly connected with asbestos is that they spend more time in close contact to it, increasing their risk of exposure.
Asbestos, on the other hand, may impact anybody, anywhere. You might be impacted if you breathe in air containing its minute fibres, whether or not you work in construction.
Contact us right away if you think you could have asbestos in your home or on your job site. We’d be pleased to help in any way we can.