You can’t see them.
You can’t smell them.
You can’t feel them.
Just like the monster under your bed, they could be in the room where you lie in peaceful slumber.
As if invited, they clamber inside…
Lodging themselves in the lining of your organs, often choosing the lungs because it sounds comfy in there.
Scarring, splitting and inflaming cells.
Making tumours & collecting fluid- they sure keep busy.
The years pass by and they’re still hiding deep inside you. In truth, they will never leave you.
“Time heals everything”
Someone somewhere once said.
Breaking the rules, these get worse with age, slowly destroying you. Making sure that if they don’t kill you something else will (lung cancer, mesothelioma or pleural disease are a few to mention)
Asbestos fibres are the things in question.
750, 000 years down the line, the highly effective insulator- asbestos- is still taking away lives.
As many as 4,700 people die from an asbestos related disease in the UK each year.
Although it was banned in 1985 it is still around today and is hard to get rid of.
Any waste with more than 0.1% asbestos must be dealt with as hazardous waste.
The horrifying thing is it could be hiding practically anywhere; in your oven gloves, in your soil, in your brake pads, in your water pipes, ready to pounce on you when you least expect it.
Anything that is infected by it needs to be double-bagged and placed in a covered, locked skip, including any overalls or respiratory equipment.
I welcome the day when we defeat this enemy and would like to thank all those working to remove it.
Working with the killer?
Make sure you:
- use protective equipment, overshoes, coveralls and a respiratory safety mask
- double bag the waste & dispose of properly
- wash often
- have had full training
- leave that broom alone, avoid doing anything that would stir up the dust
- avoid eating, drinking and smoking in the work area
- dispose of all disposable clothing and masks- it is disposable after all so it shouldn’t cry too much
Thanks again for reading!