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When the word "asbestos" is used, some people may become fearful—and sometimes rightfully so—if the material is disturbed and the dust is discharged into the air. Therefore, whether it is a domestic or commercial issue, it might be a concern for any property owner in the Solihull area and they need to identify the problem as soon as possible and have some professional asbestos removers come out and take care of the problem.
There are three varieties of asbestos utilised in constructing properties: chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite, which are typically referred to as white, brown, and blue asbestos, respectively. Since blue and brown asbestos were the most harmful to human health, their usage was outlawed in 1985. With certain exceptions, the other variety, white, was outlawed in 1999. With its thin threads, asbestos initially appears harmless and not too dangerous. However, once it is released into the air and is inhaled, issues can develop, especially if there is prolonged contact to the chemical. The problem can be most severe when buildings are being renovated since the work done there may disturb some asbestos material into the air and the workers may not be aware of the issue or risk to their health and then there can be continued risk to members of the public who may be in the vicinity, so extreme caution needs to be taken when renovating buildings and a qualified Asbestos Surveyor like us should be employed to look over the property and give any suggestions or advice if a problem is evaluated in the building.
Extreme caution must be exercised when inspecting and, ultimately, removing the asbestos in question because the diseases that asbestos can cause, including cancer and lung scarring, have no known cures. Give us a call on 0330 097 3369 if you are concerned that your structure has dangerous levels of asbestos so we can assist you determine the best course of action to take. We would welcome your call and hope to hear from you soon, we are the professionals to get the job done right, first time!
We have the experience and training to help you be safe from potentially hazardous material if you suspect your building may contain asbestos or are unsure of the situation. We can go on site and conduct a thorough survey to determine if the situation poses a risk to the public's health and what needs to be done to sort out the situation in question.
Since 2001, mesothelioma has claimed the lives of almost 200 teachers in the UK, according to the National Education Union (NEU).
Asbestos was frequently utilised in the construction of temporary structures as well as in more unexpected places, such notice boards. All of the people attending schools during this time period—students and their teachers, kitchen staff, carers, school nurses, school secretaries, etc.—are concerned about the risks linked with asbestos exposure.
The scale of the asbestos problem in schools has just come to light thanks to recent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests made across the nation. For instance, it is known that asbestos is present in just over half of the schools in the North West. There isn't enough information available to say whether or not an additional 44% of schools in that region contain asbestos because of the amount of non-LEA managed schools in the area.
Another illustration is the discovery of asbestos in 46 of the 53 schools under Solihull Council's authority. The most dangerous form of asbestos, crocidolite (blue asbestos), was found in twelve schools.
According to a NEU study conducted in March 2017, 46% of teachers had been informed that asbestos was present in their school, but almost half of them had not been given the location of the asbestos. Any employer who releases asbestos into the air “sufficient to cause potential damage to the health of any person.” must notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The regulations don't require that the notification mention how many school employees and students are affected.
When it comes to the health of the students, this is very concerning. The Department for Education asked the Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC), which advises the government on matters relating to cancer, to examine the relative susceptibility of children to asbestos compared with adults.
"Because of differences in life expectancy, for a given dose of asbestos the lifetime risk of developing mesothelioma is predicted to be about 3.5 times greater for a child first exposed at age five, compared to an adult first exposed at age 25 and about five times greater when compared to an adult first exposed at age 30." the study's final report, which was published in 2013 after a two-year study, states.
Children are more susceptible to asbestos during their lifetime than adults, according to a council that advises the government on cancer.
According to the study, if both a five-year-old and a 30-year-old are exposed to asbestos at the same time, the risk of developing the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma is five times higher for the younger person.
This is because, according to the article, children typically live longer and give the disease more time to progress.