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This article focuses on highlighting the health risks associated with asbestos fibres. We are not going to get to technical. Just give you some basic facts. Asbestos training will help you understand the risks involved.
What you will learn in this article is the major route of exposure to asbestos, if there is any “safe” level of exposure, and what presentations of asbestos are the most hazardous. You will also learn when asbestos is in it’s most dangerous state, and how exposure can be minimised by sensible precautions. The asbestos training course goes into this information in far more detail.
Let’s start by examining the health risks in more detail.
When does asbestos pose a risk to health?
Asbestos and asbestos-containing materials (ACM) may still be found in situ in workplaces, including:
- buildings and structures;
- plant and equipment;
- friction materials; and
- debris from ACM.
Asbestos fibres can pose a risk to health if airborne, as inhalation is the main way that asbestos enters the body. Small quantities of asbestos fibres are present in the air at all times, and are being breathed by everyone without any ill effects. Would you be willing to subject your workers to not having Asbestos Training?
Most people are exposed to very small amounts of asbestos as they go about their daily lives and do not develop asbestos-related health problems. Finding that your home or workplace is made from fibro products does not mean your health is at risk. Studies have shown that these products, if in sound condition and left undisturbed, are not a significant health risk. If the asbestos fibres remain firmly bound in cement, generally you do not need to remove the fibro.
People who have suffered health effects from exposure to asbestos have generally worked in either the asbestos mining or milling industry, worked in industries involved in making or installing asbestos products, or are from the immediate families of these people. In all of these situations there was exposure to high levels of airborne dust, from either the processes involved or from the clothes of the workers. Without proper Asbestos Training you will be exposed to potential health risks.
You can visit the main AlertForce Asbestos Training page and Asbestos training course here.
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