Asbestos survey is used to find out if your workplace or your home contains any damaged asbestos material. If you are unfamiliar about asbestos, you will learn more in this article.
Asbestos is a silicate mineral made up of thin fibrous crystals that occurs naturally, and it was formerly widely used because of its tensile strength and its resistance to heat and flames. Because of its ability to withstand very high temperatures, asbestos was widely used at one time to fireproof and insulate buildings. In fact, up until the end of the 90s it was used in specialized products for fireproofing, waterproofing, insulation and soundproofing. Asbestos is able to be mixed with cement or other materials and it was widely used to make products resistant to fire and heat.
Little did people know that damaged asbestos can cause great harm to the respiratory system. During the 20th century it became evident that long-term exposure to asbestos fibers could cause lung diseases. There is danger to the respiratory system from exposure to loose fibers from asbestos. Fibers that are inhaled don't break down, but remain in the lungs where they can cause much damage over time. Inhalation of asbestos fibers at work causes over 2,000 deaths a year in the UK alone. There were many people who were exposed to asbestos fiber but didn't know about it because of the diverse products that contain such fiber. On the other hand, in Britain, asbestos exposure is considered to be their biggest industrial killer. Because of this, various laws were passed to protect workers from exposure to asbestos.
If you are concern on the welfare of your employees or concern that even your homes have asbestos, have a professional do an asbestos survey and inspection on your property. The inspection will let you know if there is any hazardous asbestos material that is present in the premises. There are skilled and experienced professionals today that can safely remove any asbestos that is found in buildings. Remember that asbestos is life-threatening if it is not handled properly. Let the professionals handle this. Don't worry about the cost of asbestos survey, worry more about the safety of the people.
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