Should We Worry About Asbestos?

Did you know that asbestos exposure can cause harm to your body? Even though asbestos fibers associated health risks may be too small to be seen with the naked eye, breathing in asbestos fibers can still cause major health concerns. Diseases that are primarily associated with asbestos exposure are asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. All of which, if left untreated, often leads to disability or even death. From a report released by the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) report, the number asbestos-related deaths have almost doubled since 1995. So, yes, we should worry about asbestos!

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of minerals that is made of microscopic fibres. Asbestos was often used during constructions in homes and buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing. It was also sprayed on ceilings and walls, before its dangers were known. It has since been banned in the UK from 1999. However, the buildings that were constructed, before the ban of asbestos, may still have asbestos in them.

What are the Health Risks Involved?

If the asbestos inside these buildings remain intact, they will pose very little risk to the living in those buildings. Asbestos are only dangerous when they are damaged, where the tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. Once breathed in and lodged in the lungs or body tissues, it will be extremely hard for the body to break down or remove them. The asbestos fibers will remain in these places and cause harm to the body.

As these asbestos fibers are extremely small and microscopic, it will be hard for one to spot them with the naked eyes. Only highly experienced experts will be able to help. If you worry that there may be asbestos present in your home, it will be great if you can engage professionals to help you combat the issue.

Conditions caused by asbestos usually develop over a period of time. Even if you do accidentally inhale asbestos microfibres, you would not be able to tell immediately. It will be tough to determine if your body has those harmful fibres until it is too late. Hence, what you can do is minimize contact with asbestos as much as possible.

How We can Help You

At IRIS Environmental Laboratories, we have a team of highly trained certified field experts to help you. Our expertise lies in asbestos and mold, and our laboratory is nationally accredited by NVLAP, and NY-ELAP/NJ-DEP. We are always committed to delivering the best service for our customers, both quality and affordability. Our numerous customers testimonials are proof why we are the best in the industry. So, wait no further! Call us today at 1800-908-6679 or you can email us at as well. We will make sure to take good care of you and your home!