15 June 2017
Safe Handling of Asbestos
There was a time in America when the use of asbestos flourished for its remarkable physical properties. A naturally occurring mineral that was resilient in strength, heat and insulating properties, asbestos was woven into textile and mixed in with cement that poured onto our floors and hung our walls. The chemical composition of asbestos made it the perfect blend to make things better, while simultaneously turning our homes and businesses into highly toxic environments. It is highly important to consider methods for safe handling of asbestos in order to reduce and prevent risks of asbestos exposure.
Since the mid-80’s there have been thousands of asbestos-related cancers that prominently ripped through the Military, especially the Naval branch. Builders, laborers, and civilians that were exposed to asbestos are at risk for developing mesothelioma cancer. Not only were workers exposed to the damaging effects of asbestos, but also their families become at risk candidates when it was learned that the transfer of asbestos fibers is so easy.
Potential Risks of Asbestos
In major industries, you will find asbestos playing a role in insulation, roofing and fireproofing. Boiler rooms, vehicle brake pads, ceiling tiles and paint coatings are a few examples of areas where asbestos can be found and used today. As widespread as asbestos appears to be, there are still major issues that can arise because of the multi-use of asbestos. Classified as a known human carcinogen ( cancer-causing substance), asbestos exposure has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. The tiny minerals that make up asbestos are easily released into the air as fibers that can be breathed in and stay trapped in the lungs. These fibers remain in the lungs, and over time can lead to breathing issues and serious health problems.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are six types of asbestos minerals that are all carcinogenic. The chemical compositions may vary, but these six commercial forms of asbestos were responsible for the toxic effects caused to those exposed. The National Institute for Health and Safety estimates that there are over seventy-five jobs in America that have been known to expose workers to asbestos. The highest numbers were seen in the construction industry and military veterans. Electricians and plumbers are at a high risk for exposure to asbestos, and because America is not one of the over 50 countries that have banned Asbestos, Airtek Environmental has created a training system to monitor your employee’s exposure and safety.
Airtek Environmental will prepare you for Safe Handling of Asbestos
A series of courses has been established by Airtek Environmental to inform users of techniques for asbestos exposure, the abatement of asbestos in businesses and regulatory overviews of how asbestos interacts with us in the present day. Awareness of how asbestos affects your business is mandatory for any role that includes exposure to this harmful, toxic, mineral. Airtek provides training for inspectors, project supervisors, and all different levels and systems of training focused on informing and engaging users in asbestos safety.
The importance of becoming versed on asbestos handling and containment is the utmost duty to your business, your employees, your family and yourself.