Asbestos is a naturally occurring, heat and fire resistant material and takes its name from a Greek term, meaning ‘inextinguishable’. For centuries, Ancient civilisations marvelled at the majestic qualities of the material and its many uses. Greeks would often weave the material into cloth, whilst the Romans used it in cremation cloths, lamp wicks and even table cloths. After finishing their meals, many Romans were even known to throw their asbestos tablecloths into their fires and it would reappear spotless and unmarked!
However, today Asbestos is far from being seen as the miracle......
Every year in Britain, thousands of people die as a consequence of being exposed to the harmful effects of asbestos. In spite of the huge number of recorded deaths and illnesses within the UK caused by the exposure to asbestos, the poisonous material was aggressively mined and distributed into countless manufactured and domestic items for many years.
Regardless of its many uses, asbestos remains a huge health risk, producing debilitating illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Fortunately, the perils of this lethal material are now more commonly recognised within the UK......
Fifteen years ago, the world watched in disbelief at the horrific terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Over three thousand innocent people lost their lives that day, but unhappily that number is still rising. Since that attack, many more victims could now be suffering from asbestos-related diseases caused from the destruction. Many people who were near to the World Trade Center may be in danger of suffering from lung cancer, mesothelioma or other medical problems associated with the dust and fragments from the towers. Continue Reading
Many people enjoy the pastime of DIY, however how many people are aware of the potential for asbestos to be present in the fabric of their homes, where it is likely to be found and what should they do if they believe they come across it, by carrying out remedial works some as simple as putting up a shelf can expose themselves and any other persons in the home to potentially life threatening conditions arising from the exposure to asbestos dust. Typically, asbestos can be found in the following areas of your home: