Asbestos can still be found today in floor and ceiling tiles, roofs, siding, insulation, cement, joint compounds, electric boards, fire places, walls and more.
If not touched or disturbed, well colour-coated and in good condition, asbestos is usually not considered an immediate risk to health however, anyone who disturbs an asbestos containing material, or is exposed to a disturbed asbestos can be seriously affected.
If you suspect that you may have asbestos in your building – It is very important that you have it surveyed and removed if required by an authorised asbestos professional. Do not make any attempts to remove the asbestos yourself.
There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, and the smallest amount can lead to fatality within 10, 15 or 20 years.
Once inhaled, the visible fibres of asbestos composed of millions of microscopic fibrils that can be released by various movements cannot come out and they cause critical damage including Asbestosis, Pleural Effusion, Atelectasis, Mesothelioma, Lung cancer, Pleural plaques, Diffuse pleural thickening and more.
According to the recent World Health Organisation, more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos related sicknesses.
Asbestos is now banned in 55 countries worldwide, but not in China, Russia, India, Canada or the US.
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