How to Safely Limit Asbestos Hazard

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Hazard of breathing asbestos fibers, diseases caused by asbestosis, the danger of inhaling asbestos fibers especially for people who smoke, how to recognize potential problems, what is Asbestos Management Plan, importance of labels and warning signs, how to safely deal with friable asbestos containing material and how to safely deal with non-friable asbestos containing material.

Video Transcript

Unlike most minerals which break into dust when crushed, asbestos splits up into tiny fibers that can float in the air for a long time. Once inhaled, the needle like fibers penetrate body tissues with ease and may accumulate in the airways and lungs. Airborne asbestos fibers that settles on food can also be ingested through the mouth. Because asbestos fibers accumulate in the body, each exposure increases the risk of developing an asbestos related disease. Unfortunately there are no early warning signs that asbestos is causing problems in your body, it doesn't have any acute or short term symptoms to alert you. Asbestos exposure can cause asbestosis, Mesothelioma - a cancer on the chest and abdominal linings and lung cancer. Exposed workers who also smoke have a much greater risk of lung cancer than those who are only exposed to asbestos.