Asbestos, it is very dangerous, it can cause cancer and it is responsible for over 5000 deaths every year. If your building contains asbestos and it needs to be removed, contact BKP today by calling 0800 376 5004 and enquire about our bonded asbestos removal service, our office opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

Where Can Be Asbestos Found?

Asbestos can be found in a wide variety of places; according to a report by Vice an expert said that over 3-4000 products alone in the US at one time had asbestos. Asbestos is a very useful material and because it was used for many different applications it can be found in places where you would otherwise not expect to find it. For example, asbestos fibres were used an as abrasive material in a particular brand of toothpaste after the Second World War. Also in the second world war, civilian gas masks contained a filter made from asbestos.

Over the years asbestos has been used for a variety of different things. It wasn't just used as a building material; for example in the film industry it was used as fake snow. You can see asbestos fake snow in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.

Why Is It Dangerous?

There are numerous different types of asbestos, all of which have the potential to be deadly. Asbestos is the name given to minerals within the serpentine and amphibole families. The six different types are:

  • Chrysotile
  • Amosite
  • Crocidolite
  • Tremolite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Actinolite

Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres which can be used for many different things. It is fire resistant, which for a time made it an ideal building material, however unfortunately it is very dangerous.

These fibres and extremely small, so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye. Their small size and shape makes it very difficult for the body's natural defences to remove them. This means that the asbestos fibres stay in the body and cause irritation of the lungs. This can over time cause a variety of health problems. The most common of which are:

  • Mesothelioma
    This is a type of cancer which effects the lower lining of the lungs. It is usually caused by asbestos exposure. Most mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in those aged between 60 and 80 with men being more commonly affected than women.

    Mesothelioma's symptoms gradually develop over time and include symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. According to the NHS, there are around 2,500 deaths every year as a result of mesothelioma.
  • Lung Cancer
    There are numerous causes of lung cancer, whilst one of the most commonly known causes is smoking there are numerous other causes such as Radon and various occupational/pollution causes such as arsenic, coal and coke fumes and asbestos.

    Symptoms of lung cancer can include a cough that doesn't go away after a few weeks, persistent chest infections and other various symptoms which you can read about on the NHS website.
  • Asbestosis
    Asbestosis is a very serious medical condition that involves scarification of lung tissue. After prolonged exposure patients may experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, a persistent cough, wheezing and chest pain.

    Unfortunately here is no way to reverse the damage done to the lungs and thus no way to cure asbestosis. However, some treatments are available such as oxygen therapy for those with severe asbestosis.

As asbestos is a very dangerous material that can cause some serious medical conditions, it is important to see your GP if you have any worrying symptoms and the NHS writes that you should “tell them of any possible asbestos exposure you may have had in the past".

Where Is Asbestos Made?

Asbestos was an incredibly useful material and was used in various countries around the world; it is still used in many nations today, in 2015 Russian asbestos exports totalled to 191 million USD which is a 56% share of global exports. In the same year the leading destination of asbestos was India which had 48% (based on value terms).

Call BKP For Asbestos Removal And Disposal

We offer a bonded asbestos removal service. Our experts will contain the dangerous material, wrap it, collect it and dispose of it within a single operation.

Some hazardous waste collection businesses have a minimal weight charge, however at BKP we only charge you for the exact weight of the waste we have removed. The use of asbestos was completely banned in 1999 but asbestos can be present in older buildings so if you require a bonded asbestos removal service or have any questions or concerns regarding our asbestos removal and disposal services, please get into contact with our team.

You can contact our team in a variety of different ways:

  • You could fill in our contact form
  • You can send your questions to us by sending an email to sales@bkpgroup.com
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