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The Dangers of Asbestos

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Here at PWM Skip Hire, we believe that the disposal of waste materials in a skip is a relatively straight forwards activity when clients know what they are doing. That is why we try our best in order to ensure that our readers understand which materials are suitable and which materials are not. After all, electricals like fridges and microwaves have to be disposed of at a specialist facility. In fact, one of the most dangerous materials that is not permitted for skip disposal is asbestos. Read on as we go over everything you need to know about the dangers associated with this mineral substance…

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is the formal name given to a collection of minerals that are made from microscopic fibres and whilst they may seem relatively harmless, breathing them in can cause serious and irreparable damage to the lungs. Whilst it is rather uncommon in 2019, any properties that were built prior to 1987, when asbestos was banned as a building material, may still have remnants of the material which can present problems when it comes to waste disposal during a housing renovation.

The Health Complications of Asbestos

Since asbestos is a microscopic fibre type of substance, it isn’t visible to the naked eye and this can put builders and property owners at serious risk depending on the age of the installation. In fact, renovating a home with a known asbestos contamination requires a strict step-by-step disposal plan. Here are a couple of the health complications that can be caused by inhaling high levels of asbestos:

  • Cancer: Although lung cancer is often associated with heavy smokers, those who have worked with asbestos for a large part of their lives have a higher risk of developing it too. After all, the tiny fibres can do more damage than many people realise. In addition to this, asbestos is the only known cause of Mesothelioma, a type of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs and digestive track.
  • Pleural Thickening: As an issue that tends to occur after a person has been exposed to high-levels of asbestos for a long period of time, pleural thickening happens when the lining of the lungs swell and gradually get thicker, which cause the sufferer a lot of discomfort and make it difficult to breath.

Whilst skip hire isn’t supposed to be dangerous, choosing to poorly dispose of materials like asbestos can put people at serious risk in terms of their health. After all, there are dozens upon dozens of different materials that can be placed in a skip, however asbestos requires a specific disposal process in order to ensure that people stay safe. To find out more information about our policy when it comes to unsuitable materials, get in contact with the best skip hire Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the PWM Skip Hire team today!

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