The second wave of cases of mesothelioma involved people such as mechanics and carpenters who have used asbestos in the past. Anybody who used asbestos as part of their trade was at risk. Those cases have been getting proportionally greater each and every day.
Renovators are exposed to asbestos while doing their work. Nowadays, we are hearing of a growing number of people exposed to asbestos when undertaking do-it-yourself jobs at home.
Like the others, the risk of people renovating or performing DIY projects is proportional to the amount of asbestos they are exposed to. However, you have to always remember that there is no level of exposure that does not pose any risk.
There are very many people out there who do their own little jobs at home and their individual risks are small. However, because of the many people doing this, the number of cases has been on the increase.
The study claims that there is a higher percentage of women who are developing mesothelioma compared to men. This is a rise from 5% of all mesothelioma cases in the 1990s to 35% in the period between 2005 and 2008.
Why is this the case? Mesothelioma is less common among women than in men since they have less asbestos exposure in occupational settings compared to men. As a proportion of all new cases, the rate of women developing mesothelioma is higher but the overall number of cases is smaller.
Ever since the dangers have been know – asbestos removal in Perth has been taking place over the last 30 years.
Where does the exposure come from?
In the 1950s and 1960s, asbestos was commonly used as a building material. However, there is nothing wrong with using asbestos as a building material. The only thing we are concerned about is the health problems associated with its use.
During the period we have just mentioned, there were lots of asbestos roofs on houses. However, this reduced after better roofing materials were introduced and people started recognizing the health risks associated with asbestos. Asbestos is likely to be found in older houses. You should be very careful when removing asbestos.
If you suspect that there is asbestos in your house, you should never touch it. What you should do is to have it identified and if you are going to remove it by yourself, ensure that you take all the recommended precautions for removal of asbestos. This disease can be avoided if the necessary steps are taken to avoid asbestos exposure.
How can you avoid exposure?
There are regulations about how you should handle asbestos at home and anywhere you find it. People renovating homes do not abide by those regulations which include wearing protection, closing the job they are doing, wetting it down and preventing exposure to the airborne fibres.
Make sure that you do not remove asbestos without paying close attention to the proper precautions. There is no need to rush when removing asbestos. It is even safer to leave asbestos where it is rather than disturbing it.
There is a certain level of ignorance in the community regarding the risks and the fact that asbestos may be present in very many places. We hope that this study will make people aware of the risks and the care needed when handling it.
You should always contact a company like Fresh and Clear Asbestos Removal is you suspect you have some asbestos (especially damaged asbestos) in your home.
Is there any other way I can be exposed to asbestos?
Asbestos is around us all the time as it has been used for years. For example, there is asbestos in brake lining which may be released into the atmosphere.
Motor mechanics and those people who work on engines where the exhaust was covered by asbestos formed a significant part of the second wave of people diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Between all these activities, there is asbestos which is usually released into the atmosphere in the urban environments. Therefore, we all have some amount of asbestos fibres in our lungs. The risk depends on the amount of asbestos present. Not all asbestos is equally hazardous.
This form of environmental exposure has no huge impact on the individual risk. However, over the entire population, only a small number of people developing mesothelioma goes up and that is the effect we are now seeing.