Asbestos has been in Australian homes since many years ago. Mesoehtlioma cases are considered high in Australia compared to other countries. Asbestos was used mainly because it’s light weight and tough which is adaptable and suitable for our Australian weather. Asbestos was mined in Western Australia (Wittenoom) and also in New South Wales (Baryulgil). Wittenoom has been marked as extremely high risk area and it’s a ghost town at this stage. It has caused 175 death related to asbestos exposure. CSR Ltd has ceased it’s operation in 1966 and closed the mine. It is estimated that One in three homes built in Australia between 1840 to 1987 contains some form of asbestos and nearly all public buildings such as hospitals and schools. Watch out for asbestos Australia.
There are over thousands of products containing asbestos which are still readily available within Australia even though asbestos production has largely been ceased. Asbestos can still be found in:
* materials used for building including paints and asbestos-cement sheeting (fibro)
* parts within motor vehicle such as gaskets and break linings
* air conditioners and hair dryers, including other electrical products
* textiles such as felts
Asbestos entered human body via airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs cavity, which is known as accidental asbestos exposure. A tiny asbestos fiber is enough to cause mesothelioma in a human being. Inhaling asbestos particles will irritates your system which eventually turns to asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. A person may unconsciously swallow asbestos fibers in which case leads to peritoneal (stomach) mesothelioma.
Workers especially in constructions has a higher percentage of been exposed to asbestos if they’re not careful. Always wear protective clothing and appropriate mask when dealing with asbestos. Even neighbor staying next door to the house been renovated are exposed to asbestos fiber. Just be weary that if you see renovation done on an old home and there’s a lot of dusk, please walk away.
If you suspect there’s any asbestos within your home, you may need to contact specialist to remove the asbestos. Asbestos Kits are also readily available online to be purchase.