Because of strength, toughness, flexibility and heat-resistant properties, asbestos textile cloths are very useful in glass factories, steel, chemical, fertilizer and thermal power plants, railways, refineries and many more industrial locations.
Chrysolite, one of four types of asbestos, is used to produce asbestos textile cloths. The longest asbestos fibers are selected from the mines and these fibers undergo the following process:
- Blending and fiberizing asbestos.
- Production of roving through the means of carding.
- Spinning and roving to produce an asbestos yarn.
- And finally, weaving the yarn to become asbestos textile cloths.
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For people handling asbestos textile cloths and even those in close proximity with the products, the consequences could be great… and deadly.
Looking at asbestos containing products won’t make people blind, but inhaling its fibers frequently could really pose some severe problems health-wise. The greater the amount of fibers inhaled the more frequent and severe the health problem can get.
Once a person inhales asbestos dust, the larger asbestos fibers are usually filtered by the lungs and upper respiratory tract. The smaller asbestos fibers usually escape the body’s protective mechanism and get stored in the lungs. Asbestos fiber can also penetrate deeper into the person’s body. The penetration of asbestos fibers and their deposit inside a person’s body may cause Asbestosis. Asbestosis is the scarring of a person’s lung tissue and may lead to disability and/or death. Symptoms of this disease are often severe cough, constant shortness of breath and constant chest pains.
Other diseases associated with asbestos exposure include:
- Pleural Plaques
- Lung Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Cancer of the vocal cord
- Rectal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- mesothelioma (the cancer of the abdomen or chest lining)
Furthermore, a person who has been exposed to asbestos frequently should refrain from smoking. Smoking greatly increases the risk of contracting lung cancer.
A person exposed to asbestos may think he’s immune, because signs of the asbestos-related diseases have yet to manifest themselves in his body. But nobody is immune. Diseases due to asbestos exposure often show up within 20 to 30 years. According to research, there are neither instant nor acute symptoms due to exposure to asbestos.