Exposure can Lead to Mesothelioma Cancer
“If you are thinking renovation, you must think asbestos,”
Asbestos was once an extremely popular construction material. It was an inexpensive insulator, and many manufacturers used the fibres in insulation, roofing, cements and other homebuilding items.
Multiple brands produced asbestos roofing materials, including:
- Super Six
Researchers soon discovered, though, that the mineral was carcinogenic, and the Australian government banned all new asbestos applications.
There was just one catch: older asbestos products could legally remain in place.
These products are generally not a human health threat when left alone. Sometimes it is safer to leave them in place than to tear them out – hence the provision for existing asbestos materials. However, when these materials are disturbed in any way, the asbestos fibres can enter the air, where they become a significant health hazard.
Renovations and demolition projects – especially on homes that were built before 1988 – can easily pose asbestos exposure risks if done by an untrained individual. Construction workers in many different sectors may create these exposure hazards during basic activities.
To reduce these asbestos exposure risks, the Asbestos Industry Association recommends professional management of asbestos-containing materials. Roofers should undergo asbestos training before handling potentially contaminated roofing products. They should also work with asbestos inspection professionals to identify asbestos threats before beginning a roofing project.