Asbestos training – avoiding the health effects of exposure to asbestos
Asbestos awareness training is a must for those exposed to asbestos at work or for any other reason, especially when you consider the health risks involved. Asbestos training courses are available online.
Asbestos becomes a health hazard when fibres become airborne and are inhaled or swallowed. Asbestos containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibres into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested. Many of the fibres will become trapped in the mucous membranes of the nose and throat where they can then be removed, but some may pass deep into the lungs, or, if swallowed, into the digestive tract. Once they are trapped in the body, the fibres can cause health problems.
Health effects depend on length, diameter and composition of fibre. Disease is usually associated with long-term exposure in occupational or para-occupational setting (immediate family or live near asbestos mine or factory) Risk depends on how much and how long. Asbestos Training gets you up to date with all of the OHS hazards.
Because it is so hard to destroy asbestos fibres, the body cannot break them down or remove them once they are lodged in lung or body tissues. They remain in place where they can cause disease.
All forms of asbestos can potentially cause:
- pleural plaques
- lung cancer
- malignant mesothelioma