Asbestos Exposure Assessments

Asbestos is a term used to define a group of naturally occurring minerals with high tensile strength flexibility and resistance to heat, chemicals and electricity. The main route of exposure to asbestos is by inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers. Exposure may also occur through ingestion. Although asbestos is no longer installed or used in workplaces, it is still present in may settings.

Exposure to asbestos may result in disabling diseases like:

  • asbestosis, which is an emphysema like condition
  • lung cancer
  • mesothelioma which is a cancerous tumor that spreads rapidly in the cells of membranes covering the lungs and body organs and
  • gastrointestinal cancer.

It is critical that a risk assessment is conducted to determine the level of risk of exposure to asbestos for employees that may be exposed to asbestos.

0ur occupational hygiene team is capable of taking measurement to determine employee exposure to asbestos, and provide training with regard to the use of personal protective equipment & clothing, as well as the drawing up of asbestos health risk assessments, work plans and supervision of asbestos stripping and demolition work.