A group of independent individuals who specialized in asbestos-related diseases and exact guidance to employees which explains how asbestos exposure and mental health can impact the construction industry

Asbestos In Construction Industry

Asbestos was commonly used in building materials up until the late 20th century, but it is not uncommon for the material to be found at construction places. This is particularly true if the change, renovation, or destruction of an older building is taking place. A proper asbestos awareness training can help everyone to avoid asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos is commonly found in installed products, such as:

  • Sprayed-on fireproofing
  • Pipe insulation
  • Floor Tiles
  • Cement pipe and sheet

At low levels of asbestos exposure into the air, the different types of asbestos fibers can also impact the hardness of any health risks. Though long-term exposure to asbestos fibers is seen as the higher risk for construction workers, even exclusive exposure or a single event can cause cancer. The people who are exposed to asbestos on a regular basis with and without pleural abnormalities can show radiographic abnormalities. The methods and subjects were former asbestos mine and mill workers and residents of the mining town who had participated in an annual health review program.

Using plain chest X-rays we can diagnose the Pleural abnormalities (pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, and asbestosis). All Participants completed a questionnaire on mental health status. Poor mental health in the construction industry has been described as ‘the silent epidemic’ during a speech at IOSH’s first annual Construction Conference. The presence of pleural abnormalities did not further affect the mental health of asbestos-exposed people beyond a decrement associated with exposure per second.