Health risks of asbestos
Asbestosonce known as the "miracle mineral", was used in numerous products and building materials due to its fireproof and insulating properties. However, despite its useful properties, asbestos poses considerable health risks.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a collective term for various fibrous silicate minerals. Due to its chemical stability, durability and heat resistance, it has been used in many areas, from the construction industry to vehicle design.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to serious health problems. These fibers can become lodged in the lungs and cause inflammation and scarring. In the long term, these inflammations can lead to diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Particularly dangerous are the respirable fibers, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and remain there.
How do I recognize asbestos?
Asbestos is difficult to recognize visually. It is often gray or brown, but never white or shiny. If asbestos is suspected, a professional analysis can be carried out.
What was asbestos used for?
Asbestos was used in over 3000 different products. These include roof and wall panels, insulation, fireplaces, stoves and many other building materials. The likelihood of finding materials containing asbestos is particularly high in buildings constructed between 1960 and 1990.
Health protection: How do I protect myself?
The best protection against asbestos is to avoid contact. When carrying out renovation work in older buildings, always check for the presence of asbestos first. Appropriate protective measures should always be taken when working with asbestos-containing materials, including the use of protective clothing and respirators.
Asbestos poses significant health risks and the protection of health should always be paramount. If asbestos is suspected or when working in older buildings, caution should always be exercised and professional help sought if necessary.