Usage of asbestos is banned all over India since 2011 by our Supreme Court Order. Asbestos is a carcinogenic mineral that needs to be removed and disposed safely from industrial and residential premises. In India, asbestos containing materials are present in insulations in most of the properties built in last century. Unfortunately most people do not realise that asbestos is present inside their homes and they are exposed to this deadly mineral. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious medical conditions. Asbestos stays dormant in your body for years, meaning you will not notice any signs or symptoms of asbestos exposure. As asbestos fibres attack the lungs and heart, asbestos related illnesses start with respiratory problems. Some of the most common illnesses caused by prolonged asbestos exposure are: – Asbestosis – Lung cancer – Mesothelioma – Severe respiratory illnesses With the recent influx of asbestos in the news, people are becoming more concerned than before. Below we will discuss ways to protect people from asbestos exposure. ASBESTOS IN INSULATION Asbestos is commonly found in insulation of older properties. However, it’s likely that some newer properties which may also contain asbestos in construction materials. There are several options for checking if your premises have asbestos-containing materials. It is always safer to assume asbestos is present. By doing this, you are more cautious. Certified asbestos abatement contractors like EPSCO India provide asbestos testing for your premises. This test is completed through a thorough inspection of your property. Samples are taken and checked at a lab to ensure correct results. If you do have asbestos on your property, you will need to have the asbestos removed as soon as possible. HOW CAN I AVOID ASBESTOS EXPOSURE? The best way to prevent asbestos exposure is through testing. However, there are other ways also to help prevent exposure. It is important not to disturb your insulation. While remodelling it is likely to disturb areas that contain insulation. If disturbed, asbestos fibres float throughout your property. It is also crucial that you never remove insulation yourself. Hiring a trained asbestos removal specialist like EPSCO India is very important. We have proper licenses, equipment, and respirators to remove asbestos safely from your property. Asbestos can cause major health problems including cancer and even death. If your property has never been tested for asbestos, now is the time. Asbestos testing is affordable and can save your life. Be smart and call EPSCO India Asbestos Abatement Service.