Discover the latest in Hygiene Issues
The Silent Threat: Understanding the Health Effects of Asbestos
The Danger Lurking Within: What You Need to Know about Asbestos
1. What is Asbestos and Where is it Found?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was widely used in various industries due to its heat resistance and durability. It can be found in building materials such as insulation, roofing shingles, flooring, and cement, as well as in automotive parts, textiles, and other products. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to asbestos can have severe health consequences.
2. The Health Hazards of Asbestos Exposure
When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can become trapped in the body, leading to long-term health issues. The primary health risks associated with asbestos exposure include:
3. Recognizing Symptoms and Seeking Medical Attention
Recognizing the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases is crucial for early detection and effective treatment. Common symptoms may include persistent coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue. If you have been accidentally exposed to asbestos, it is essential to seek medical attention promptly. Inform your healthcare provider about the exposure history to ensure appropriate monitoring and potential early interventions.
4. Immediate Steps After Accidental Exposure
In the event of accidental asbestos exposure, follow these steps:
5. Legal and Compensation Considerations
Workers who have been accidentally exposed to asbestos may have legal rights and be entitled to compensation. It is crucial to consult with an experienced attorney specializing in asbestos-related cases to understand your rights and explore available options for seeking compensation, medical expenses, and potential damages.
In Alberta contact OH&S
Phone: 780-415-8690 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-866-415-8690
TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
Or online at Alberta OH&S
In BC contact WorkSafeBC - they have a dedicated form and website to track worker exposure to any hazardous substance. Details can be found on their website:
In the US contact - Lanier Law Firm in Houston Texas