In this article, TechRadars’ experts offer advice on how to protect your health from asbestos exposure, and what to do if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.
If you’ve ever had an exposure to asbestos, or you have questions about your asbestos exposure read our in-depth guide.
What is asbestos?
An asbestos-containing substance is a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are used to manufacture a wide variety of items.
In general, an asbestos-treated building is composed of two parts: an outer layer of insulation, which is made of fibres or fibers that are not fibrous, and an inner layer of asbestos-hardened fibres.
Asbestos is a fibrous and elastic substance, and is often called “fibreboard”.
The fibres are made up of a mixture (usually carbon, but can also be iron, tin, or cobalt) of carbon and other materials, usually aluminium.
These materials are then bonded together to form a structural unit, or “mould”.
Asbestos is often used to make doors, windows, and ceilings.
An important part of the construction of buildings is the use of a “hardening process”, where the fibres have been hardened by a heat-treatment process.
This results in a hard, fibrous outer layer that is harder than a non-hardening layer.
The use of asbestos has been widely recognised in the past few decades, and the amount of asbestos that has been used to build buildings has been increasing steadily over time.
Asbestos has been a significant contributor to the global burden of indoor air pollution, and its use in building construction has been linked to lung and heart problems.
Asbestos-containing materials are also commonly found in furniture, building materials, and other household goods.
How is asbestos used in the building industry?
Assembling an asbestos building is usually the most cost-effective way to reduce indoor air quality.
The construction industry has traditionally relied heavily on asbestos construction as a major source of its workers’ exposure to the asbestos-related gases that can cause lung and lung-related diseases.
In recent years, however, the industry has started to use other materials in its construction and assembly processes, including carbon, steel, and plastic.
These materials, which are often called the “fiberboard”, are used as a “bond” to form the structural unit of a building, or the “mold”.
While the fibreboard is the most important component of the asbestos building process, many other materials are used in addition to the fibreboards.
This includes polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyurethane, polyvinyl chloride, and many other composite materials.
Asphalt is often considered the most commonly used material in the construction industry.
It is the main ingredient in most home construction products, and a key ingredient in many other products.
As a result, asbestos workers have a high risk of asbestos exposure.
As the world has been dealing with a massive global outbreak of the disease, many governments have implemented stricter standards for asbestos exposure regulations.
While there is currently no conclusive evidence linking asbestos exposure to a particular illness, the WHO has estimated that it is responsible for up to 2.5 million deaths globally each year.
Why do some people get lung cancer when they inhale asbestos?
In most cases, asbestos is a soft, non-fibrous material.
However, some people may experience lung cancer after inhaling asbestos, and it is not clear if asbestos is the cause.
Many people who develop lung cancer are exposed to it in their lifetime through occupational exposure to products that contain asbestos.
The majority of asbestos workers are male.
As well as being the main source of the fibrous fibres in asbestos, it is also the material that is used to produce the insulation that is also commonly known as fibreboard.
Some asbestos workers, however have been shown to have lower lung cancer risk than the general population.
For instance, some workers who work in the production of the aluminium used in insulation, such as the asbestos fibreboard used in building products, may be at increased risk of lung cancer if they inhaled asbestos during construction or construction work.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also warned that a number of workers who were exposed to fibreboard during construction could be at risk of developing lung cancer in later life.
What are the symptoms of asbestos?
Symptoms of asbestos are usually mild or moderate.
Some people may have a mild or a moderate rash, but they are more common in those with a history of lung problems.
However some people with a milder or more severe symptom may develop a lung cancer.
The main symptoms of lung disease associated with asbestos exposure include: A high-pitched sound or buzzing noise that may cause a short-term feeling of discomfort in your ears, nose, mouth, throat, or chest