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5 Common Asbestos Myths

5 Common Asbestos Myths

Take a look at some of the most common asbestos myths and equip yourself with the right information.

Myth 1: Newer properties are free from asbestos

Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. The use of asbestos in construction ceased only after the year 2000. If you’re the owner of a newer property built before 2000, we recommend contacting a professional for sound advice.

Myth 2: Mesothelioma is contagious

Mesothelioma, a type of cancer commonly affecting the lungs, appears approximately 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. The risk of mesothelioma only appears if in close proximity or in contact with a contaminated object. The condition is not contagious and cannot be transmitted between people.

Myth 3: You can rid asbestos from your body if you act quickly

The symptoms of asbestos exposure are not always immediately evident and damage to health often depends on the individual. If you’re concerned about contact with asbestos, speak with a medical professional as soon as possible.

Myth 4: Once found, asbestos should be removed immediately

You should never remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos removal and disposal requires expertise in order to minimise risks to yourself and the people around you. As soon as asbestos is identified, contact an asbestos removal Perth professional for expert advice.

Myth 5: Wearing a mask will keep you safe

Generic facemasks are not adequate when working around areas affected by asbestos. Asbestos professionals wear purpose-designed masks for minimising damage to health.

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