You’ve likely come across the word asbestos at some point, and you’re most likely aware that it is very dangerous to our health. There are, however, quite a few myths surrounding asbestos that can be very misleading. In this article we’ve decided to break down four common asbestos myths so that you are clued up on this hazardous material.
1) Not all types of asbestos are dangerous
There are a number of different types of asbestos, it is a myth that some of these types are not dangerous – they all are! Chrysotile, ‘white asbestos’, is the most commonly used and is probably the least harmful. However, this doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous, exposure to ANY form of asbestos is always dangerous.
2) Asbestos only affects people who work in industries such as construction
It is common that people who suffer from asbestos related illnesses do work in an industrial work environment, however it isn’t true that JUST these workers are affected. Asbestos, can be dangerous to anyone’ any workers exposed to asbestos can be affected by it, It can appear anywhere!
3) Asbestos is only dangerous after long term exposure
Although it is unlikely that a few minutes, or even days of exposure can cause severe illness later on, most people do believe that mesothelioma are only contracted by those who have been exposed for a long period of time. But, short-term exposure to asbestos can also be extremely harmful to a persons health. Each person’s physiological response to asbestos is different, and although high levels of asbestos over a long period of time is higher risk, this doesn’t take away how dangerous any exposure of asbestos can be.
4) If you find asbestos in your home, you should remove it immediately
Discovering that there is asbestos around you can cause immediate panic, people may think you should remove instantly. However, this is not the case, trying to remove it yourself can actually put you in more danger. You shouldn’t rush to ever remove it yourself, disturbing fibres can be significantly dangerous. You must seek the services of a licensed professional who can handle asbestos in like with the Health and Safety guidelines.