Asbestos Help - Information and Fact Sheets below
Do's and Don'ts
DO wear protective clothing (preferably ones that you can throw out afterwards)
DO wear a good dust mask and glasses
Do wear gloves and booties covering all limbs, and can be thrown out afterwards.
DO wrap the asbestos sheets or pieces in 200um black plastic and completely seal with tape .
DO mark the plastic in 50mm high lettering saying Warning ASBESTOS
DO take your wrapped asbestos to any of the above Landfill sites for Disposal
DO wrap up your asbestos covered clothing and safety gear and also dispose at the landfill site.
DONT just assume its not asbestos and throw it in a skip bin, or pile of rubbish outside.
DONT be careless and smash it up into pieces
DONT work without proper safety gear. You need to prevent inhalation of fibres!
More DEADLY facts about Asbestos
- Asbestos wasnt completely banned until December 2003.
- Asbestos fibres are invisible to the un-aided eye
- Air borne fibres are smaller than a piece of hair and these are the dangerous fibres that are easily inhaled into the lungs.
- Asbestos fibres can settle on the ground, only to become airborne again with human disturbance or air movements.
- Over a 100,000 thousand people throughout the world will die from exposure to asbestos.
- Death is caused by Asbestosis, Lung Cancers and Mesothelioma, the name of disease caused by airborne asbestos fibres being inhaled into your lungs.
- There is no cure for mesothelioma. Up to 80% of people who have mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives.
- The incubation period of the disease can range between 12 to 20 years. Some cases being up to 50 years after exposure to asbestos dust containing airborne asbestos fibres.
- Symptoms can include shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness, persistent cough that worsens over time, blood in fluid coughed up, pain or tightening in chest, difficulty swallowing, swelling of neck or face, decreased appetite, weight loss, fatigue or anaemia.