Thailand’s largest producer of asbestos tile has warned that a proposed asbestos ban by the government will drive up the prices of roofing tiles in the country.
The Oran Vanich Roof Tile Company claims that the ban on asbestos will reduce the lifecycle of roof tiles from 70 years (for those made using the cancer-causing material) to three years.
“Roof tiles that use other raw materials such as tissue paper, polyamide and other chemicals is only three years in a rainy season climate such as Thailand’s,” according to managing director Uran Krealskul.
“If the government maintains its policy to discontinue the use of asbestos in Thailand, we may shut down our roofing tile plant and diversify to produce other homeconstruction materials,” Uran said.
Although other roof tile producers have switched to materials that do not contain asbestos, Oran Vanich continues to use a material known to cause illness and even death in workers who produce, install and repair it. This is a clear case of a company putting its profit ahead of the safety and health of the people making and using its products.
Like most other asbestos products, asbestos ceiling tiles were phased out of use starting in the 1970s (in the United States) when the dangers of asbestos exposure became widely known. Those who manufacture, install, or repair asbestos ceiling tiles, may be at risk of developing an asbestos related disease, including mesothelioma. This is because any manipulation of the tiles, including cutting, sawing, sanding or grinding the tiles would release microscopic asbestos fibers into the air, where they can remain suspended for hours or days.
Inhaled fibers can become embedded in the mesothelium, the delicate wall of cells that line many of the body’s internal organs. Asbestos exposure has been linked definitively to several types of cancer and other asbestos related diseases.
Mesothelioma, or more correctly, malignant mesothelioma, is a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lungs, heart, or stomach. Asbestos also causes asbestosis, a serious and progressive disease caused by asbestos fibers scarring the lungs and eventually cutting off oxygen supply to the victim. Asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer can lie dormant for many years and decades after the asbestos exposure, suddenly “flowering” without any warning.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease from workplace or home exposure to asbestos, contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer immediately. Mesothelioma attorneys have helped thousands of mesothelioma patients win compensation for lost wages and medical costs.