How Do People Become Exposed to Asbestos?

5 Jan 2022

How Do People Become Exposed to Asbestos?

At OHSS, we’ve been providing assistance to companies across Ireland, helping them remain compliant with asbestos regulations and protecting them from this most hazardous of substances since 2001. Our consultants can assist with asbestos monitoring, asbestos surveys and a range of other measures designed to safeguard people against exposure.

But how does asbestos exposure actually happen? In what circumstances are you most at risk and what is it that poses a risk to the long-term health of so many? That’s precisely what we’re looking at in this blog, so let’s waste no time and examine the instances when people become exposed.

A Wide Range of Potential Asbestos Danger Scenarios
Mesothelioma is the aggressive form of cancer that’s strongly linked with exposure to asbestos, which only requires that a single airborne fibre is inhaled. This can occur in a variety of different circumstances, which include:

  • During improper asbestos removal and disposal works as part of home renovations.

  • Living in close proximity to natural asbestos deposits or contaminated construction sites.

  • Working in certain military-based occupations where asbestos has historically been used.

  • By mechanics working on products that still contain asbestos, such as spark plugs, brakes and mufflers.

Before it’s banning in construction back at the end of the 20th century, asbestos was seen as something of a wonder material - primarily due to its heat-resistance capabilities. That’s why it can be found in the dry walls and ceilings of buildings constructed before it became prohibited.

This is why it’s so vital that people are aware of the dangers and have the basic knowledge of where asbestos can be found and what to do about it when you do. Ultimately, it’s about being cautious and calling those with the relevant expertise before doing anything that might endanger anyone in the vicinity - like disturbing it - when it’s suspected that the material might be present. 

Asbestos Awareness Training From OHSS
In professions like plumbing, demolition and roofing, there’s a high probability of asbestos being present, which is why it’s written into law that training needs to be provided for anyone likely to encounter the deadly material. At OHSS, we are the foremost asbestos training provider in Ireland and we offer both regular and open courses to provide people with the necessary knowledge.

If you would like to know more about this or any of the occupational hygiene services that we provide at OHSS, visit us today at Alternatively, to speak with a member of our expert team about your needs, call us on 01 6905907.