Sadly there are people who break the law and dump asbestos in public places. This is extremely dangerous. There are costs involved in removing and transporting and depositing asbestos safely. Rogue builders and lazy renovators don’t wish to pay and so simply dump the waste building materials usually under cover of darkness. In some places these people are called fly tippers
Asbestos has the potential to cause serious health issues
There is no debate about the dangers imposed by asbestos. Locked away it is safe but once disturbed or once broken and able to drift into the atmosphere, people can breathe in the tiny fibres. If these fibres are trapped in a person’s lungs, that’s the cause of many health problems including death. And it’s not just breathing. If asbestos fibres get into our water supply, it’s possible to drink the dangerous fibres as well. There are studies that suggest you do not have to be at or near a site where asbestos may be set free into the atmosphere to become ill. It could be that a worker dealing with asbestos, comes home with fibres in their clothing and some fibres break free in the home and are inhaled by someone in that home who was a great distance from the work site. Asbestos travels to infect.
Action to take
If you think you have a symptom or symptoms of an illness caused by asbestos, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. If you have come into contact with asbestos by being close to broken material or living with someone who has, even if you don’t have any symptoms, still seek immediate medical advice. Here are some possible symptoms if you have been exposed to asbestos.
- A dry cough
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Being short of breath
- A poor appetite
These are not the only symptoms and even if you suffer from one or more these, that does not mean you have some asbestos-related disease. The simple but essential step is to make an appointment with your medical professional.
Asbestos is banned
Australia and a number of overseas countries have banned the use of asbestos. The manner in which it must be handled and where it may be stored are now all covered by laws and regulations. Penalties for mishandling asbestos are severe.
If your property contains asbestos or you think it does and would like to be sure, contacting a leading asbestos professional such as Allstar Asbestos Removals is your first step. They can inspect and advise you about the asbestos you have and its condition. If it needs to be removed, the experts at your property can provide a free quote and your peace of mind begins.