This article will explore the history of asbestosis in Queensland, how asbestos roofing became popular and why Queenslanders are at risk of developing debilitating lung disease from not having their asbestos roofing removed and replaced.
Introduction: What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral occurring naturally that has been mined for centuries. It is made up of tiny, long, thin fibers that were once popular for use in roofing, insulation, and other building materials because it was cheap and easy to work with.
Asbestos was often used in construction materials such as roofing shingles, siding, and insulation.
The most common type of asbestos found in buildings is called chrysotile.
There are three main types of asbestos: chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite.
It can be found today in products in older buildings that were constructed before 1990.
How Did Asbestos Become Popular in Queensland?
Asbestos is a material that was used extensively throughout Queensland during the 1960s and 1970s before its health effects were well understood. The first cases of asbestosis in Queensland were reported by medical professionals in the late 1960s but it wasn’t until the early 1990s that the Government placed a ban on using asbestos building materials including asbestos roofs.
What are the Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure?
Asbestos is a mineral that is mined from the earth. It can be found in building materials, insulation, and many other products. When inhaled or ingested, this mineral can cause serious health problems including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
The health effects of asbestos exposure depend on the type of exposure and how much exposure occurred. The most common symptoms are shortness of breath and chest pain when inhaling asbestos fibers. Other symptoms include weight loss, coughing up blood, fatigue, tightness in the chest, night sweats, and skin rashes.
Conclusion: The Future of Asbestos Roofing in Queensland
We have seen how the Queensland government has been working to improve safety standards for asbestos roofs. This has led to a decline in the demand for asbestos roofing and an increased demand for asbestos roof removal and replacement in Brisbane.
In conclusion, we can see that there are many factors that are affecting the future of asbestos roofing in Queensland. The Queensland government’s efforts, as well as economic and environmental factors, will lead to a decline in the use of asbestos products and eventually a complete removal of asbestos roofing.