If you work in the construction industry or work in an industry where asbestos-containing products are used, ask yourself: Are asbestos fibres visible? In general, asbestos fibres are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Asbestos becomes dangerous when it disintegrates into fine fibres and is inhaled. It is almost impossible to determine the presence of asbestos without bringing the material to the laboratory for testing. The lab assistant places the material under a microscope to search for asbestos fibres. Asbestos does not cause an immediate reaction. This will not cough you, sneeze or eyes on the water. You can not see, smell or taste asbestos. If the skin is contaminated with asbestos, it will not burn or itch.
Diseases associated with asbestos have a very long latency. This is a timeframe when you are exposed to asbestos until you get sick. Most people will not get sick at least ten years after contact and some - no more than forty years. Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma - all asbestos disorders. Asbestosis occurs when asbestos fibres enter the lungs. The body will naturally produce acid to fight the fibres. This acid, however, can cause the formation of scars in the tissues of the lungs, and in later stages breathing becomes more difficult and painful. Asbestosis was first registered on shipyards. Asbestos can also cause lung cancer. When a person is smoked and exposed to asbestos, they develop much more frequently lung cancer. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that associated with asbestos. This is the cancer of cells that stretch the peritoneum (the area around the organs of the abdominal cavity) and the pleura (the area outside the lungs and within the ribs).
There are many disputes and disputes related to asbestos species that are harmful. Some types of asbestos are considered to be more dangerous than others, but all forms of asbestos exposure should be avoided. Actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, chrysotile (white asbestos) and tremolite - all types of asbestos. Chrysotile - a type of asbestos, which is most commonly used in the manufacture of products.
Asbestos fibres are not visible. If you feel that you have been exposed to asbestos, the most widely used test method is the X-ray examination. X-ray images do not show asbestos fibres, but they can show early signs of lung disease. There is no known treatment for asbestos-associated diseases.