Asbestos Awareness

AA=Metro Rod Brighton & Gatwick engineers take an Asbestos Awareness training course, which they do every year. Therefore, all our engineers are fully qualified in asbestos. It’s essential that all engineers do the Asbestos Awareness training course to ensure that they learn how to avoid the risks and know how to protect themselves. Asbestos is a hidden killer. Easy to miss and difficult to diagnose.

Our engineers are fully qualified in all six different asbestos such as Crocidolite, Fibrous Grunerite (Amosite) Brown, Chrysotile (white), Anthophyllite, Actinote and Tremolite.

Why Asbestos is dangerous?

Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:

Asbestosis:

Asbestos is a chronic inflammatory and fibrotic medical condition, which scars lung tissues when asbestos fibres are inhaled and retained.

Usually, occurs after high intensity and/or long term exposure to asbestos and is regarded as an occupational lung disease. Most at risk are people with extensive occupational exposure to mining, manufacturing, handling or removal of asbestos.

Pleural Mesothelioma:

Form of cancer that develops within the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs, the mesothelium.

Only caused by exposure to asbestos.

Most sufferers have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos in other ways (e.g. washing clothes of a family member, who works with asbestos.)

Lung Cancer:

A person who is a smoker and has been exposed to asbestos fibres is 53 times more likely to contract lung cancer than someone, who does not smoke.

Pleural Plaques/Scarring:

Pleural plaques are discrete fibrous or partially calcified thickened areas, which arises from the surface of the parietal pleura (parietal pleura lines the thoracic wall, covers the superior surface of the diaphragm and separates the pleural cavity from the mediastinum.

Pleural plaques are generally considered to be non-malignant but are attributed to exposure to asbestos. They may be indicative of significant exposure.

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