Asbestos And Its Effects On Australia

1506 WordsSep 12, 20167 Pages
Asbestos had been widely used in many industries around the world due to its versatility, strength, fire-resistant and insulating properties of the fibres. They are used in the manufacturing industry as vinyl floor tiles, electrical components, gasket products, brake linings and disc pads. The three main type of asbestos, white, blue and brown can also be found in cement sheeting and piping in the construction industry. However, the use of asbestos in Australia and many other countries had been ban due to its known health effects which is include pleural diseases, lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Despite being banned in Australia nowadays, asbestos can still be found in most of older construction, residential and commercial area as well as abandoned mining site. Studies show that the building workers, specifically the plumbers, gas fitters, carpenters and electricians the highest risk of getting mesothelioma, disease from asbestos fibres (Peto, J., Hodgson, J.T., Matthews, F.T., & Jacqueline, R., 1995). According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the number of mesotheliomas ' cases are increasing and expected to reach 18000 in recent. Though the asbestos is known as hazardous material, it can only affect the health if the asbestos fibres become airborne and are inhaled. The primary route for the asbestos to enter the body is through the inhalation processes of the contaminated air (Safework Australia, 2011). Unusually, small fibrous particles of

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