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Exposing The Dangers Of Asbestos Exposure

Caution asbestos signAt DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., our primary goal is to improve the air quality of all of the homes and places of business that are inhabited by our clients. Good air quality, it should probably go without saying, is of paramount importance when it comes to protecting our health. As far as we’re concerned, any deterrent to the cleanliness of the air we breathe is considered an “enemy” of our company. And we’ve made it our job to eliminate them!

Asbestos just so happens to be one of those enemies. And it can be argued that it’s the worst of them all. Although it was widely used as a source of insulation in the construction of homes, offices and buildings up until the 80s , asbestos is incredibly harmful to our health when released into the air. For those who plan on doing any type of repairs, renovations or other construction that may disturb the original design of an older property, asbestos testing is practically mandatory.

But what is asbestos exactly? “Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibres that can be separated into thin, durable threads,” describes the National Cancer Institute, “These fibres are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in many industries.” So, apparently it can be quite the useful material.

But what makes asbestos so dangerous? “If products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibres are released into the air,” explains WebMD.com, “When they are breathed in, they can become trapped in the lungs and stay there for many years. Over time these fibres can accumulate and lead to serious health problems.” The fibres, it should be stated, aren’t simply irritants to our respiratory systems. They are cancerous.

The National Cancer Institute explains that asbestos is a known human carcinogen. As a result, it has been known to significantly increase the risk of lung cancer in those who are exposed to it. In fact, a relatively rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma has also been discovered as an unfortunate result of asbestos exposure. This type of cancer affects the thin membranes that line the lungs, chest cavity and abdomen.

While it is considered rare, it’s also the most common form of cancer that is known to be caused by an exposure to asbestos. Sadly, the health risks don’t end there. Asbestos, in fact, has created a disease all on its own. “Asbestosis,” informs WebMD.com, is “an inflammatory condition of lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and eventually scarring of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe.”

The site goes on to report that other lung problems associated with asbestos exposure include “pleural plaques” which are changes in the membranes that surround the lungs, the thickening of the membranes surrounding the lungs and “pleural effusions” which are “abnormal collections of fluid between the lungs and the inside wall of the chest.” Needless to say, asbestos is bad news. Preventing exposure to its fibres is clearly very important.

If you have any plans to make repairs or renovations to your property, DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. would love to test for asbestos before you do so. Asbestos may be found in your furnaces, plumbing, electrical wiring, attics, cinder block walls, ceilings and floors. It’s important we check all of these areas before they are disturbed in any way. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

One Comment

  1. March 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Great post about the risk of asbestos exposure. There are still people out there who disregard the dangers of asbestos, and they need all the information they can get in order to convince them to tread with caution. Asbestos is not a laughing matter, and it should only be handled by experts.

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