Although asbestos was fully banned in December 2003, the effect of its massive use in the past continues to the present times. Many houses were left with this deadly material. Older buildings built in the middle of 1980s until the end of 1990 has a high possibility of containing asbestos. The building that is relatively safe from the effect of asbestos is those that were built after 1990.
The asbestos-containing material was not found only in houses. Even schools were also affected. According to the article from The Advertiser, the substance was found in many schools. There were 55 schools in South Australia identified to be contaminated by this life-threatening material. Those schools are on the register of the government building with the second-worst asbestos contamination that can cause cancer.
The register shows that 149 areas in those 55 schools have the so-called type 2 contamination and there are 64 contaminated areas found in 14 hospitals. Other sites with that are also affected besides hospitals and schools that are contaminated by type 2 asbestos, including, libraries, government offices and national parks.
The number of victims of this hazardous substance is increasing annually. Approximately there are 700 people died from diseases related to asbestos in Australia each year. The effect of the first exposure takes about 10 to 20 years to develop and be found in human’s body. Read More