Asbestos has been used for thousands of years. It is one of the components of one of Charlemagne’s tablecloth. It was woven by Greeks and Romans in their clothes. Even Marco Polo mentioned it in one of his writings of how Chinese cleans garments made of asbestos by subjecting them directly into the fire to remove dirt. The use of asbestos remains up to 1970’s where it was widely used for constructing houses, schools, offices, and much more.
Asbestos is composed of silicate substances. The asbestos fibers is known for its strength, durability and resistance to heat following an exposure. It is also a very poor conductor of heat which makes it suited for making fireproof products such as clothing that are used by firefighters. It is also very good to use in ceilings for getting rid of heat during summer. Up to now, it is widely used for roads, construction sites, and different power plants.
However, asbestos job exposure can be detrimental to health and can cause death in a worst case scenario. This is the reason why it is banned as constructing materials in specific structures or in some countries.
Health Effects of Exposure to Asbestos
Bad effects to human health after long exposure to asbestos especially for those jobs which use this material has long been documented. Asbestos fibers can easily be inhaled by laborers and can cause asbestosis and may cause harmful changes to the lining of the chest cavity.
Aside from that, other harmful effects of exposure to asbestos are:
- Increases the probability of an individual getting lung cancer.
- Can lead to mesothelioma especially for those people who are continually exposed from it in their jobs.
- The immune system is compromised.
- Can cause laryngitis.
If your job involves using asbestos, it would be better if you consult some law firms that properly advise you on what proper measures can be done in order to prevent or take some measures if exposed to asbestos.