Asbestos Sampling Kits: Why Are They So Important?
Asbestos Sampling Kits can not only save you time but also help to avoid any potentially fatal illnesses caused by asbestos.
In properties across the UK there are approximately 3,500 building products and installations in which you could possibly find asbestos. According to one article, there is a chance that around 50% of privately owned properties contain asbestos. These properties may contain a few small items of asbestos or a significant amount but no matter what the percentage is, it is still a harmful material. But why is asbestos harmful?
Why Is Asbestos Harmful?
Many of you may have heard about asbestos being a harmful substance but not many people actually know why it’s so dangerous. The asbestos fibres can cause a range of different illnesses and have been the cause of many lawsuits against former employers and housing companies.
Asbestos fibres in domestic properties are found most commonly in floor tiles, ceiling tiles, textured paints and insulation. People exposed to these fibres even for just a short period of time can develop mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. This can mean serious illness and premature fatalities for those people exposed to these fibres.
If you are exposed to high levels of asbestos dust over a long period of time, some of the fibres that are airborne can become lodged within your lungs. This can cause irritation, scar lung tissue, causing the lungs to become stiffer and also can cause fluid on the lungs. All these factors make it more difficult to breathe.
What Are The Symptoms?
The most common symptoms for people exposed to asbestos is a shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough, loss of appetite, swelling on toes and fingertips, and tightness of chest. These symptoms can point to the person having been exposed to asbestos whether they are at work or at home for a prolonged period.
Apart from packing up and leaving, the best way to combat these harmful fibres is to make sure that you recognise that there is asbestos within your property and have it treated/removed accordingly.
What Are Asbestos Sampling Kits?
If you have concerns about asbestos in any areas of your home, commercial property or garden then you can use an asbestos sampling kit, sending your sample to be tested by an experienced company like Pennington Choices. These kits are designed to help you take a sample safely and then let you know quickly, and with only a small cost, whether or not there is asbestos present within the property.
The DIY asbestos sampling kit contains the equipment and protective safety wear to allow you to safely take sample materials from the area and then send the sample off for testing and analysis. If you choose to order a kit from Pennington your results will be sent to one of our leading UKAS accredited laboratories.
To find out more about asbestos make sure to get in contact with a company that is experienced, has the right equipment and can help you with your results.