Last week was ‘National Breathe Easy Week’ which has been organised and promoted by the BLF (British Lung Foundation). This has been organised in order to boost people’s awareness of the dangers of asbestos.
Though asbestos related illnesses like mesothelioma are often considered a danger of working with asbestos in an industrial setting, asbestos does present a significant danger for those completing DIY projects at home.
A recent study performed by the BLF shows that 78% of people were unaware that all forms of asbestos were banned in the 1990s. This shows a severe gap in the understanding of the risks that asbestos poses to those working with the material – and their families.
In a statement at the start of ‘Breathe Easy Week’, Dame Helena Shovelton, Chief Executive of the BLF, commented;
“Millions of homes were built when asbestos was widely used in construction, and yet there is a danger of people forgetting that it can be found in the most unlikely places around the house.”
Long period of time for symptoms to develop
One of the most worrying aspects of asbestos exposure is the period of time it takes for symptoms to develop. In many cases, those who have worked extensively with asbestos in the past have not seen symptoms develop for 25 years! When symptoms do finally develop, the deterioration in health can be quite alarming. Unfortunately this time period often makes it difficult to recover compensation from previous employers.
If you have worked with asbestos in the past and have begun showing symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The BLF has set up a designated website for their most recent awareness campaign. If you visit www.take5andstayalive.com you will find all the info you need to keep you safe when working with asbestos. You will also find information about all local events.
If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another type of asbestos related illness, please get in touch. We will not only make sure you get all the medical treatment you need in the short term, but also help you recover compensation from your previous employers. You can read more about our asbestos related compensation claim services here.