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What was or is your trade?
Asbestos should mean something to you whatever your trade. Are you a ..
- Builder ?
- Carpenter ?
- Electrician ?
- Gas Fitter ?
- Joiner ?
- Oil Refinery Worker ?
- Plumber ?
- Power Plant Worker ?
- Engineer ?
Have you worked with asbestos? Did you protect yourself when you handled asbestos?
Any building built before the year 2000 could still contain asbestos as the material was used in the construction industry in the UK up until 1980’s. Tradespeople in Wales are most likely to incorrectly believe that some levels of asbestos are safe. Asbestos is a material that could kill you. 1 in 17 British carpenters born in the 1940’s will die of mesothelioma. Click here for HSE discussion.
Any action that will release small flakes, dust or debris can also dislodge smaller asbestos particles.
Before the 1980’s plumbers may have found themselves working with materials made with asbestos such as valves, gaskets, joint compounds, welding rods, pipe cement and insulation. When plumbers removed or replaced these asbestos-containing items, the fibres were frequently released into the air where they could be easily inhaled by the workers. Oil refinery workers work in an industry that has made wide use of asbestos as an insulating material. The processes within the refinery involve high temperatures and high pressure and material containing asbestos is a natural choice, pipes, tanks, reactors, boilers, furnaces may all have contained asbestos. Workers may have been called upon to repair damage to such equipment and asbestos fibres may be released into the surrounding environment. The protective clothing that workers could wear may also have contained asbestos, such as gloves, aprons, face masks and shoe covers. Damage to any of these garments could also release asbestos fibres which could then be inhaled. Even the smallest incident could have triggered a reaction – but remember the delayed onset of symptoms. An engineer who worked in a canning factory during the 1940’s and 50’s found himself with a mesothelioma diagnosis – read the article
Only you will know if in your job you have worked with asbestos and if your health was put at risk.
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