Asbestos is the common name of six kinds of fiber mineral which is formed spontaneously in nature, resistant to heat, fire and electricity. The origin of the word Abest is Ancient Greek and has the following meanings such as “non-extinguishable, indestructible.”
How harmful is Asbestos? (How much damage can it make?)
Microscopic fibers in which asbestos is formed can easily be mixed with the air and can be taken by the organisms by airway. Because of their shape, these fibers adhere to the lung tissue and other tissues in the other respiratory system.
Over time, these small fibers cause inflammation and various health problems. The three biggest problems are:
Mesothelioma: It is an aggressive type of cancer. It consists of a thin membrane that protects the vital organs of the chest and abdomen. Asbestos exposure is the only medical reason for the disease.
Lung Cancer: Although it is mostly associated with smoking and exposure to radiation, the risk of lung cancer is also increased when exposed to asbestos.
Asbestosis: It is a degenerative respiratory system problem that is caused by the wound tissues in the lung membrane called pleura. It may be a precursor to the onset of mesothelioma.
Who Could Get Exposed to Asbestos?
Millions of people are exposed to asbestos due to the widespread use of asbestos in commercial and industrial materials both inside and outside the houses. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, even small amounts of asbestos are harmful enough.
There are hundreds of professions that could be exposed by asbestos. Asbestos, which has been used in thousands of commercial products and industry, presents a potential danger to people involved in the production and making of these products. In particular, shipbuilding, commercial product production, power supplies and constructions are the areas where asbestos is used in as a main resource. Those who are worked in these areas before 1980 were probably exposed to asbestos products.
Below are the professional groups that are most exposed to asbestos. If you worked in one of these professions, you may have been exposed to asbestos throughout your career.
- Aircraft technician
- Automobile technician
- Construction worker
- Crane operator
- Plasterboard worker
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Industrial workers
- Insulation workers
- Employees in trade fleets
- Oil refinery workers
- Power plant employees
- Railroad workers
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Steam pipe wokers
- Tile Flooring
- Tool makers