The Potential Lethality of Asbestos

mesothelioma image

The Potential Lethality of Asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material that has a rich history in the UK. It was used regularly in buildings between the 1950s and the late 1990s. Asbestos that is well maintained, not disturbed or damaged is much less of a risk to health. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reports that asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers per year. This figure is higher than fatalities on our roads. The rates of death from past exposure are still significantly high, at around 20 deaths each week. There are many buildings built before the year 2,000 which may contain asbestos. Therefore it is vital to understand the potential lethality of asbestos and how to assess its risk.

Asbestos fibres are able to release into the air if areas that contain the material are damaged or disturbed. If inhaled, these fibres can cause significant damage and very serious illnesses that can be fatal. It is important to understand that fibres can attach themselves to items and be transported easily to those contacted. Although effects of exposure to asbestos can lead to death, the effects often take a long time to manifest and they develop slowly. This often means that diagnosis comes too late to allow for successful treatment.

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reports that asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers per year, which is higher than fatalities on the road.

Some of the more common illnesses caused by asbestos exposure include:

–      Mesothelioma. This condition is a cancer that attacks the pleura and has been found in those who have had low levels of exposure on multiple times. Mesothelioma is an incurable disease.

–      Asbestos-related lung cancer. This cancer presents itself in the same way as lung cancer, it grows and can spread in the same way.

–      Asbestosis. Mostly found in those who have been exposed to asbestos in great quantities or for longer periods, asbestosis is a serious scarring of the lungs. The scarring shrinks the lungs, making breathing more difficult.

–      Pleural thickening. This illness occurs predominantly in those who have suffered heavy exposure to asbestos. The pleura, the lining of the lungs, swell and thicken which can lead to breathing difficulties and chest pains.For anyone who thinks that they may have been exposed to asbestos previously, it is advisable to discuss concerns with a GP. This is particularly important for anyone who has been exposed and is experienced breathing difficulties, chest pains or coughing. Exposure may have come from previous jobs, living with others who have worked with asbestos or from living in properties that have asbestos is the building.

Asbestos is still present in several buildings and environments. Asbestos should be well maintained and not damaged to ensure the risk to health is minimal. For anyone who believes that their health may have been impaired from the exposure to asbestos, it is vital that health is assessed by a medical expert. Conditions that are diagnosed early are more readily and successfully treated. Furthermore, asbestos that is found to be damaged needs to be quickly dealt with by a professional company to eliminate additional risks. When working in environments, it is vital to understand the potential lethality of asbestos to preserve health and welfare.

If you would like to find out more about the dangers of asbestos, call us today on 01604 648928.

(Calls Cost 6p per minute + your normal phone providers charges)

Neil Munro

I work in a dual role at Acorn Analytical Services focused primarily on growing and leading the business from our Northampton office base. My focus is on overseeing all sales, marketing and financial activities from Northampton. I assist clients with high-level asbestos management strategies and training. Together with Ian Stone I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I'm Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

Need Help? Request a Call Back

Request a call back from one of our expert Asbestos Consultants who will help you identify what you need

More Asbestos Articles

Joe Gore 6 scaled e1609755591688

Focus on our Birmingham Office lead Joe Gore

Back in November we were thrilled to reveal we had launched a new office in Birmingham which is being expertly led by Asbestos Consultant Joe Gore. Joe has been incredibly busy working on a wide variety of projects across the West Midlands since then but we caught up with him to find out how he …

Read MoreFocus on our Birmingham Office lead Joe Gore

Acorn Analytical Services Asbestos Solutions commecial photography 55

Why you should use lockdown to deal with your asbestos

So here we are entering a New Year. Traditionally, a time for optimism and new beginnings but this week’s announcement of the latest national lockdown left many businesses reeling. Almost a year on from the first national lockdown you could be forgiven for thinking we’re living through some kind of strange Groundhog Day but the …

Read MoreWhy you should use lockdown to deal with your asbestos

Acorn Analytical Services Asbestos Solutions commecial photography 36

Don’t fall foul of the law – make sure you get the correct Asbestos Survey

At Acorn Analytical Services we invest a lot of time into making people aware about the dangers of asbestos for two key reasons. One is the human cost – exposure to asbestos can cause life-changing illnesses and incurable cancers – and the second reason is the cost it poses to businesses. It is so important …

Read MoreDon’t fall foul of the law – make sure you get the correct Asbestos Survey

Acorn Analytical Services Asbestos Solutions commecial photography 28

£2bn Government gold rush could be an asbestos minefield

This autumn, the Government launched a new scheme to promote home insulation. It is subsidising home insulation ventures with grants of up to £5,000 which can be used to install insulation, double glazing, smart controls and more. This is great news for the environment and for the economy however, we do have concerns about it. …

Read More£2bn Government gold rush could be an asbestos minefield

Collage e1608286815218

Fighting back against asbestos-related cancer

Acorn Analytical Services is backing a new campaign aimed at putting asbestos and asbestos-related diseases in the national spotlight to raise awareness and eradicate the material and the devastating conditions it causes. Campaign group, Action Meso, is uniting those impacted by mesothelioma – an incurable but preventable cancer caused by asbestos – to give them …

Read MoreFighting back against asbestos-related cancer

scientist 2141259 1920 e1607618409539

Don’t become an asbestos-related death statistic

Anyone who follows our activities at Acorn will know that we are dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers posed by asbestosis. We regularly release informative podcasts, blogs and have produced a number one best-selling book called Asbestos The Dark Arts to show businesses and individuals why it is so important to manage their asbestos …

Read MoreDon’t become an asbestos-related death statistic

birthday 1835443 1920

From small Acorns grow great asbestos management companies

Despite all the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us we are pleased to be ending the year on a high. It is with great pleasure that we can say this month Acorn Analytical Services has celebrated its 20th anniversary. The business first set down roots in the north of England two decades ago and …

Read MoreFrom small Acorns grow great asbestos management companies

WP 6441 Original 39554 scaled e1606141093410

Celebrate Your Unique Talent

Did you know every year November 24th is observed as Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day? No matter how unique or different your talent is, today is the day that you are encouraged to share it with others. Here at Acorn we aren’t shy about our talent. We are the leading experts when it comes to …

Read MoreCelebrate Your Unique Talent

JG Brum Small

Acorn Opens New Birmingham office!

We have some exciting news… We have expanded with the opening of a new Birmingham office! The new office is located on Bristol Road South and will be led by Joe Gore (pictured) and staffed by people from the Birmingham area. Not only will this new office help us to better service our existing clients …

Read MoreAcorn Opens New Birmingham office!

boiler room e1604325326231

Specifications for Asbestos Removal Works – What’s the Point?

Why do we need specifications for removing asbestos? Surely, asbestos removal is just asbestos removal? The truth is there are a million different ways to do asbestos removal. There are different ways to approach projects. The purpose of the specification is to get the clients the right end result. For example, if you were having …

Read MoreSpecifications for Asbestos Removal Works – What’s the Point?