What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a material commonly used on industrial buildings, outhouses and garages built or refurbished before the year 2000. Created from six naturally occurring materials, which are all composed of long and thin fibrous crystals that contain many microscopic ‘fibrils’ which can be released into the atmosphere if the material is disturbed.
Why Was It So Popular?
The fibres are long, thin and supple, making it a versatile material for a number of uses, the material can be woven into cloth or added to existing building products. Its strong, flexible and heat resistant qualities made it a popular building material.
What Was It Used For?
Asbestos can be combined with additional building products such as cement and is durable, cheap to manufacture, waterproof, fire-resistant and non-combustible, it was widely used in many industries, including the construction of buildings, as well as helicopters, planes, ships, vehicles and more.
Dangers Of Using Asbestos
It was used heavily from the 1930s to the 1980s before the dangers of its uses became more widely known. Asbestos breaks down into microscopically thin fibres, as the material decays over time, these fibres get released into the air and can be easily inhaled. Asbestos fibres are so strong, they cannot be broken down by the body. If they become lodged in the lung tissue, these fibres can cause several serious diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis (scarring of the lung tissue) and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung cavity).
Why Asbestos Is Still Dangerous
As the usage of asbestos became more popular from the 1930s, public awareness of the health hazards associated grew. Asbestos-related diseases can take decades to develop and it wasn’t until the manufacturing industry had become heavily reliant on the material that the serious risks were realised.
Although all forms of asbestos were banned in the UK in 1999, (several more dangerous varieties were banned in the 1980s). Asbestos although regulated, is still legal in the US, and the current government has even removed some of the legal restraints around the use of asbestos despite the vast amount of evidence on the risks of asbestos on health. There are still many reported cases of asbestos-related illnesses as a result of exposure decades ago and more asbestos continues to be uncovered in both commercial and domestic buildings around the world.
Paul Riddel Skip Hire: Professional Asbestos Removal in Lincolnshire
If you have discovered asbestos in your commercial or domestic building, it needs to be professionally disposed of as stated in The Hazardous Waste Regulations act 2005. Get in touch with us today if you require safe and responsible removal of asbestos from your premises in the Lincolnshire area.