Over the years, medical researchers have concluded that white Chrysotile asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma cancer.
The are 6 different minerals that comprise asbestos, which are Chrysotile, actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite and tremolite.
Chrysotile, otherwise known as white asbestos, has been used extensively within the construction industry since the turn of the twentieth century.
Medical researchers have proved that prolonged exposure to asbestos minerals, inparticular chrysotile, is key to the development of a variety of diseases associated with the respiratory system.
The main disease being mesothelioma, which is a rare type of cancer.
Mesothelioma affects the pleural and peritoneal coatings of the lungs.
If chrysotile or any other asbestos fibers are inhaled, then sympoms of cancer can begin to emerge within 10 years or later.
Workers within the construction industry and related trades can become exposed during the building and maintenance of buildings that contain asbestos.
From the end of 2013, all nations within the European Union have been prohibited from using materials containing any type of asbestos.
This means more than 50 countries worldwide have prohibited the use of asbestos.
The World Health Organization (WHO) say exposure to chrysotile is the single largest cause of mesothelioma in the world.
There are an estimated 125 million people still at risk from occupational exposure to asbestos.
Veterans and workers from past decades who have worked in environments where there was asbestos have gone onto develop mesothelioma.
Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their building so as not to put employees at risk. Contact our Armco office for asbestos management and refurbishment/ demolition surveys on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting https://www.armco.org.uk/
Alternatively, to book onto one of our asbestos training courses, please call 0161 761 4424 or visit https://www.armcoasbestostraining.co.uk/
Published Sep 05, 2017