Asbestos has been used in construction, shipbuilding and automotive industries until the latter part of the 20th century when the UK government took action to control and, in some cases, ban its use. This was due to researchers discovering that the asbestos fibers released into the air caused scarring in the lungs and inflammation, which led to diseases such as asbestosis and pleural disorders. If you are thinking about how long it takes for asbestos to affect you, the answer depends on the condition you are affected with.
Asbestosis takes years to develop and can be life-threatening. Usually, it takes around 20 years for symptoms to start appearing, which is why the most number of deaths in the UK from asbestosis are of people aged 65 and above. Still, younger individuals have been diagnosed due to indirect exposure.
In addition, asbestos can increase the risk of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane that covers the pleura, peritoneum and other internal organs and is very rare. It can lie undetected for 30 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. In 2013, a total of 2538 UK residents died from mesothelioma.
Once asbestos enters the lungs, it cannot be removed. However, asbestosis can be controlled even if it cannot be completely neutralized.
Despite regulations, people remain susceptible to asbestosis. The danger to asbestos exposure is highest among construction workers (since older buildings and residences had an abundance of asbestos) and those who worked in the shipbuilding industry prior to the 1980s.
One of the best ways to reduce your risk to indirect exposure is to have an asbestos survey in Essex if that’s where you are living. If you live in an older building or have any other reason to suspect that you may be getting exposed to asbestos, having a survey leads to an accurate identification of this toxic chemical.
In Essex, asbestos can not only be surveyed but also be removed completely by Asbestos Removal Essex from any part of your building, including your garage and ceiling. This ensures that you do not risk undetected asbestos exposure that could lead to harmful and potentially fatal diseases.