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Review Asbestos Facts

Review Asbestos Facts

Review Asbestos Facts

  1. There are six types of asbestos
    • Chrysotile, Amosite, Tremolite, Actinolite, Crocidolite and Anthophyllite.
  2. The first case of asbestosis was reported in 1924
    • It was reported in the 1924 British Medical Journal.
  3. Asbestos was first discovered in 1876
    • Asbestos was originally found in Thetford Township in Quebec, Canada.
  4. The UK and Australia have the highest mesothelioma rates in the world
    • In 2017, there were 2,523 deaths from mesothelioma in the UK. This is attributed to the heavy use of “brown asbestos” or Amosite.
  5. NOA means “Naturally Occurring Asbestos”
    • NOA is only a problem if it is disturbed.
  6. Smoking can worsen the effects of asbestos on the lungs
    • Smokers who are exposed to asbestos are 50 to 84 times more likely to develop asbestos-related cancer.
  7. 8% to 13% of asbestos workers end up with mesothelioma
    • These include but are not limited to shipyard workers, construction workers and more.
  8. One time exposure to asbestos can cause diseases
    • One time exposure is generally not a great risk unless in extreme circumstances.
  9. 95% of the asbestos used around the world is Chrysotile
    • Chrysotile is also known as “white asbestos”.
  10. Asbestos can cause both cancerous and non-cancerous diseases.
    • Mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural disease, etc.

For more asbestos facts, please review our previous blog post here or visit the OSHA website.

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