Safety During Asbestos Removal By Ian O'MalleyAsbestos fibres breathed into the lungs can cause a range of health problems including lung cancer and mesothelioma. It is the responsibility of the customer disposing of the asbestos to advise the Gatekeeper of their name and address and nature of the load to ensure correct charges apply. James Hardie Industries owned asbestos mines not only in Australia, but also Canada and Zimbabwe. Asbestos ceiling tiles were most commonly used in acoustic ceilings, which mean the ceilings were dropped or suspended from the roof.
Greencap can assist in developing a range of systems and risk control strategies to meet compliance requirements and provide effective solutions to managing asbestos risk issues in the workplace. If you are concerned about non-work related issues such as a neighbour removing asbestos themselves, contact your local council Links to your state or territory Department of Local Government have been provided - links to individual councils can be accessed through these departmental sites.
For information on the correct commercial transportation and disposal of all asbestos and a list of licensed asbestos disposal sites, please visit the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website or call 8710 5555. However as asbestos waste must be disposed of by burial, acceptance of the waste is subject to prior arrangement being made with Council's Waste Management Contractor on (02) 6351 2486.
Though it is yet not clear how peritoneal mesothelioma develops, it is believed that from lungs, the asbestos fibers are transported to abdomen and its organs by the lymphatic system or they may be deposited in the gut through saliva contaminated by the asbestos fibers. The injury resulting from exposure to asbestos in James Hardie plants and mines is almost immeasurable.
Although asbestos fibers are microscopic in nature, they are extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns. Once the toxic substance gets into the respiratory system, a person might be at a high risk of developing an asbestos induced disease, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and certain forms of lung cancers. Asbestos-cement construction products could be maintained, removed or disposed of safely, on condition that you take certain precautions to prevent the release of asbestos fibers or dust. However, it was during the 1920's that the first case of asbestosis -the scarring of lungs by asbestos fibers.
Medical treatment for asbestos related diseases can be very expensive and every victim should file a lawsuit against the companies that were responsible for the wrongful exposure to asbestos to be able to claim much needed compensation. Although the Newport News Shipyard and other asbestos locations in Virginia have undergone extensive cleanup to get rid of the harmful mineral, many workers have already been exposed. Asbestos should not be removed without following the guidelines set out by the Queensland Government.
If disturbed (i.e. broken, cut, drilled, scraped) it can release dangerous fine particles and if you breathe in those asbestos fibres, it can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a disease of the lungs which has no cure. By the time it is diagnosed, the cancer has usually reached an advanced stage, which makes determining how to undergo mesothelioma treatment very difficult. In workers exposed to asbestos who also smoke, the lung cancer risk is even greater than adding the risks from these exposures separately.
Asbestos Exposure & Risk of Developing Asbestos Related Disease