The Demand for Asbestos Removal In Perth Is Rising
In the last couple of decades, the demand for asbestos removal in Perth has increased significantly as people become more aware of the health dangers it presents. The following takes an in-depth look at asbestos, including what it is, how it can impact your health, and who is most likely to come in contact with it and where.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the term given to a variety of fibrous silicate materials that naturally occur in the environment. Despite being a naturally occurring mineral, it can also be woven and spun like wool or cotton into useful fabrics and fibers. Asbestos fibers are 50 to 200 times thinner than a strand of human hair, giving the fibers the ability to be invisible to the naked eye and breathed into the lungs, while also floating in the air for extended periods of time.
As early as the 1800s, asbestos was frequently mined and manufactured into various materials to be used in several industries due to its tensile strength, flexibility, chemical inertness, and insulation ability. In Australia between the 1940s and late 1980s, asbestos was especially popular in the residential building industry. Then, production gradually ceased.
Common Types of Asbestos
There were three types of asbestos most commonly used in a wide array of products, including:
Chrysotile (white asbestos)
Crocidolite (blue asbestos)
Amosite (gray or brown asbestos)
Blue asbestos has been identified as the most harmful type because of the relatively long and thin fibers it possesses. This makes it much easier for it to reach the lungs as opposed to the curly fibers of white asbestos.
The Dangers of Asbestos
Medical professionals first began to express concerns over asbestos exposure in the early 1900s. They started to question the number of deaths related to respiratory diseases experienced by asbestos workers. By the 1930s, they had accumulated a significant amount of scientific knowledge concerning asbestos-related diseases (ARD).
At some point in their live, almost everyone has been exposed to asbestos fibers, though for most of them, the amount is minimal. Anytime asbestos is disturbed, it creates a dust of tiny fibers that can easily be breathed in. Asbestos fibers can split down until they are small enough to travel down into the body and pierce the lungs’ lining. When asbestos fibers become embedded in the lining, they stay there for life because the body has no way to remove them. Asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, pleural plaques, and cancer of the intestinal tract, are caused by the ingestion or inhalation of these asbestos particles.
When asbestos fibers become embedded in the lining, they stay there for life because the body has no way to remove them. Asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, pleural plaques, and cancer of the intestinal tract, are caused by the ingestion or inhalation of these asbestos particles.
In most cases, asbestos-related diseases are caused by inhaling asbestos over an extended period of time. However, there are is a small group of people who develop mesothelioma after the briefest of encounters.
Currently, it is not known why this happens, which is why it is so important that everyone keep their asbestos exposure to a minimum. In Australia, more than 2,500 people are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases every year, with the number rising each year.
It almost goes without saying that individuals who work in a field that exposes them to asbestos fibers are at a greater risk of developing a disease.
This fields include:
Repair, demolition, or alteration of buildings or structures containing asbestos, Milling or mining asbestos. Using products that include asbestos, such as in shipyards, power stations, boiler making, plumbing, heating, building and construction,repair and manufacture of goods that require the use of raw asbestos fibers, such as brake linings.
It’s important to understand that some people will contract mesothelioma after a short, unexpected exposure to asbestos, while others will only develop it decades after working as a laborer, doing home renovations, and/ or washing asbestos-dusted clothing.
It is not unusual for someone to experience a latent period of 20 to 30 years between the time they are exposed to asbestos and when an ARD develops. As a result, many Australians may still be diagnosed with ARD despite the fact it is no longer being produced.
As a result, many Australians may still be diagnosed with ARD despite the fact it is no longer being produced.
In Australia, asbestos was primarily mined in the west, New South Wales, and Queensland. However, it’s widespread manufacturing, processing, and usage has caused an increased number of ARDs throughout the country, including Perth.
In the past, asbestos was commonly used in a variety of products and can still be found in some today. They include:
Asbestos textile products including heaters, roofing materials, and packing components
Products designed for friction, such as brake linings for cars and clutch facings
Products containing asbestos paper, such as heat and electrical wire insulation, components of small appliances, underlying material for sheet flooring, table pads, and heat protective mats
Other miscellaneous products, such as sealants, coatings, paints, floor and ceiling tiles, and packings and gaskets
During the 1980s, asbestos products were slowly removed from production. From 1981 to 1983, flat sheeting was phased out, while the production of corrugated products, such as cladding and roofing, was discontinued in 1985. After 1987, asbestos-lining piping was no longer produced, while brake linings and pads stopped containing asbestos in 2003.
The State of Asbestos Today
In Australia, new materials are not allowed to contain asbestos fibers, nor is the industry able to import, store, supply, reuse, sell, replace, or install any materials containing asbestos. Despite the ban on asbestos being imported, reused, or sold that was issued on 31 December, 2003, some asbestos containing materials continue to be imported into Australia.
If you are concerned about any materials or products, you can have it tested by calling to this number (08) 62450427 and asking for inspection.