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Why is asbestos so dangerous

Why is asbestos so dangerous?

Asbestos is a type of building material used in the building industry between the 1940’s and late 1980’s.

Before the health risks were known, asbestos products were widely used because they were durable, fire resistant and had good insulation properties.

What we have come to know is that when materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. Serious diseases can result for humans when these asbestos fibres are inhaled.

Often taking a long time to develop, these diseases once finally diagnosed, can be too late for cure. Asbestos related diseases kill thousands of people each year, all as a result of past exposure.

The most common diseases related to asbestos are:


A cancer affecting the lining of the lungs and the lining surrounding the lower digestive trait, exclusively related to asbestos exposure and in most cases, proves to be fatal.


Heavy exposure to asbestos can cause serious scarring to the lung tissue. Causing severe shortness of breath due to the damage of the lungs, Asbestosis can call be fatal in severe cases.

Asbestos related lung cancer

After exposure to asbestos, lung cancer can develop when asbestos fibres lodge in the lung tissue.

Pleural thickening

Due to heavy asbestos exposure, the lining of the lung can thicken and swell causing shortness of breath and discomfort.

You may not be aware that owners, Body Corporates and persons in control of businesses or undertaking have obligations under the Work Health & Safety Act when dealing with asbestos. Your property must comply with asbestos auditing legislation.

If you are unsure whether your property complies, call the experts at Seymour Consultants today on 07 5573 4011.  We will provide a personalised solution for your situation to ensure you comply with the relevant national codes.