Occupational Lung Diseases: Prevention
Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Silicosis, Pneumconiosis,Byssinosis


Prevention of occupational lung diseases centers mainly on regulation and management of the environment containing these dangerous substances. Prosecution attorney's specializing in mesothelioma claims have been active in securing citizen's rights. Such measures ensure that regulations are enforced and implemented, so that future generations do not have to suffer through exposure to hazardous substances like asbestos and silica. These diseases are the result of inhalation of hazardous substances. An essential step for any worker exposed to harmful substances sis to take out a hazardous material insurance to safeguard himself and his family.

Asbestos is one of the greatest causes of work-related deaths in the developed world. Disturbing statistics reveal that every year, as many as 25,000 American workers die from lung diseases contracted on the job. In the UK the numbers are around 3500 workers per annum, of workers who die from ‘Asbestos Related Diseases’, which include mesothelioma and asbestosis. In some cases, the same patient may develop more than one type of asbestos related disease.

A steep rise in the fatality figures over the next 10 years has been predicted for diseases that result from exposure to asbestos.

The use of asbestos has declined over the past 25 years, following introduction of protective clothing and other safety measures. However, because there can be a time lag of upto 50 years between first exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma and asbestosis, the number of deaths are on the rise. As a result mesothelioma and asbestosis have become a highly important health and safety issue that all governments, and all corporations need to address.

Both mesothelioma and asbestosis tends to develop in people who have experienced intense exposure. Unfortunately, once contracted, neither asbestosis nor mesothelioma can be reversed. The disease progresses even after exposure is discontinued.

Silicosis, which is caused by inhalation of silica, affects people who work with sandstone, slate,
granite etc. It has been estimated that about 3 million workers in the US have been exposed
to silica dust. The acute form of silicosis, tends to develop after a few months of intensive exposure to silica - and it can lead to death in under a year.

These diseases, although rarely curable, are always preventable. But precautions have to be taken to minimize exposure. The UK has introduced, in May -05 some stringent amendments to its laws in order to promote correct management of asbestos. These amendments to the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations (2002) will affect everyone responsible for the maintenance of commercial property and can ultimately leave them personally open to prosecution.

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Here are some measures that can be taken to protect workers from these toxic and deadly substances

  • improve ventilation
  • wear protective clothing & equipment to cover the nose and mouth
  • change work procedures
  • educate employees about the dangers
  • ban/stop smoking since cigarettes can enhance the risk by 75-100 times
  • undertake asbestos surveying by professionals
  • check for the presence of asbestos when /if repairing a pre-1970 house
  • introduce asbestos inspection and sampling of buildings prior to demolition
  • Pursuing a different approach towards prevention, scientists have been seeking ways of neutralizing asbestos fibers released into the atmosphere. Italian researcher Bice Fubini and her colleagues at the University of Turin have discovered that a eugenol extracted from cloves has the properties to safely neutralize deadly asbestos fibres. They developed a procedure by which a combination of the eugenol Phenylpropan, which occurs also in carnations, and hydrogen peroxide hardens on contact with asbestos fibers within a short time to a polymer. The krebserregenden fibers are embedded surely into the polymer and as they do not whirl in the air, they are not inhalable. However, it is still unclear whether this polymer should be allowed to remain in the reorganized buildings or whether they need to be removed.

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