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What Makes Asbestos So Harmful

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As leading experts in demolition Newcastle public and private sector organisations trust, we deal with many harmful substances.

Not only for the public good, but to protect our own workers, we make sure all materials are properly contained.

Over recent years, more substances have been labelled harmful which were once considered safe.

However, all industries have recognised the harm asbestos can do, for many decades now.

To understand just how harmful it can be, the team at Complete Demolition has compiled a list of what to watch out for and everything you need to know about asbestos removal Central Coast.

Widespread Use

One of the things that makes asbestos so harmful is that it was once used almost everywhere in construction and manufacturing.

While this may seem like an exaggeration, in fact it’s amazing to think how useful it once was.

At its height, asbestos was used in over 3000 products throughout Australia’s homes, schools, workplaces and vehicles.

Its lightness and insulation properties made it valuable for use in brakes, clutches, drains, gaskets, gutters, flue pipes and roofs.

Before its dangers were known, these asbestos products were usually safe when manufactured and in place.

It was the people who manufactured the products using the raw material who began to suffer.

Loose asbestos fibres where then identified as being a huge health risk. By that time, however, asbestos was already part of millions of vehicles and buildings.

Disturbed Material

As experienced contractors in demolition Newcastle people come to, asbestos is part of our working life.

To keep it safe, it must not be disturbed. Once it has been identified in a building, it has to be contained and removed as it is.

It is the fibres which make up the material which present its health hazards.

Asbestos fibres are very short and light. This makes them ideal as insulation, which is why the material was used.

However, when disturbed, these fibres escape into the air, forming a fine dust. If breathed in in sufficient quantities, the human body cannot secrete these fibres.

Once lodges in the breathing passages, asbestos causes immense damage.

Diseases associated with it include asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

These can be fatal. Symptoms include shortness of breath and severe coughing and discharges.

Unfortunately, symptoms of asbestos related disease don’t appear until at least 20 years after first exposure to the fibres.

Once the health risks were known, asbestos was phased out as a building material.

As of 31 December 2003, it has been illegal to make, use or import asbestos or its products.

Any demolition contractor needing to remove asbestos needs a current licence, which itself requires a high level of training.

Find Out More

For asbestos removal and other aspects of demolition Newcastle can rely on, check us out at Complete Demolition.

Visit our website or just give us a call on 0424 541 452.

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