Asbestos Related Diseases

Asbestos related diseases are predicted to rise to about 10,000 deaths a year in Britain. There is usually a long delay between first exposure to Asbestos and the onset of Asbestos related diseases. This can be up to 40 years after first exposure. The vast majority of those now suffering with Asbestos related illnesses were exposed to asbestos in the 1940’s to 1980’s.

Fibrosis or scarring of lungs, caused by exposure to Asbestos dust. The condition develops slowly and incapacitates the victim over a long period of years.

Pleural Plaques
Are raised areas of thickened pleura which can be seen on x-rays. The pleura is a two layered membrane which surrounds the lungs and lines the inside of the rib cage.

Pleural Thickening
Thickening of the lung walls due to scarring caused by Asbestos which may cause breathlessness.

A form of cancer almost exclusively caused by exposure to Asbestos dust. It effects the lining of the lungs, chest wall or abdomen. The development of the disease can take up to 30 to 40 years after first being exposed to Asbestos dust.

Lung Cancer
There is a known association between Lung Cancer and exposure to Asbestos dust. People who have already developed Asbestosis have a greater risk of contracting Lung Cancer.

Smoking and Exposure to Asbestos
Some estimates indicate that smoking increases the likelihood of developing an Asbestos related disease by 92%. If you have been exposed to Asbestos dust, it is in your own, and your family’s interest to stop smoking immediately.

Asbestos Exposure in Liverpool Women

Hundreds of women in the Liverpool area have been exposed to asbestos whilst working in bag warehouses. Used cargo bags were sent from the docks to be recycled. Some contained a residue of dusts including nuts, grain, flour and “Asbestos.”


For report please click on Literature Review of Hazards of Asbestos.

Products That Might Contain Asbestos
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has compiled a list of products That Might Contain Asbestos. Show me the Asbestos Products list.

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Asbestos in your community Many old buildings still contain Asbestos and, as these buildings deteriorate, Asbestos dust can be released into the atmosphere. High levels of Asbestos dust have been found in old schools and hospitals. Demolition or repair work can disturb Asbestos dust, fire damage can do the same.

Merseyside has a long history of Asbestos use. In 1975, Liverpool Docks imported 25.3 thousand metric tons of Asbestos. Local shipyard workers have described fights using Asbestos as snowballs. Asbestos has been widely used in local industry in: Car production; Garage work; Building work; Railway maintenance; Tunnel construction; Ship construction and repair.

The pictures show, the late Mr Peter Holme and co-workers at Hadens who worked with asbestos. Photographs kindly supplied by Mrs Holme of Anfield, Liverpool.