Health Hazards - Asbestos
Asbestos is used extensively in ships because of its unique properties. It is strong, flexible, and an effective thermal insulator. It is generally used for thermal insulation in cables, steam lines, electrical systems, and various other pipelines.
Asbestos becomes a health hazard when workers have to remove it by cutting and scrapping. Crocidolite asbestos is one of the six naturally occurring aluminum fibers which are found in the old insulations. This asbestos is classified as a Category 1 carcinogen and has been the result of 200,000 deaths in U.S so far.
Asbestos causes fatal diseases such as:
Asbestosis – caused due to the scarring of lungs which results in loss of lung functions and even death.
Mesothelioma - a type of cancer that affects the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.
Lung Cancer – caused due to the asbestos particles entering the lungs through the nasal canal.
Esophagus, stomach, colon, and rectum cancer – caused due to prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers without taking any safety precautions.