Asbestos related illness

Asbestos related illness is costing great, according to a sudy in UK, thus a worker should understand health risk at their workplace. Some countries have regulated the use of asbestos and others only provide limited explanation on the health risks. A complete or partial ban on asbestos is underway in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom (UK), Sweden, Switzerland. Itally was finally banned asbestos production, use and sale forbidden in all forms In 1992.

The massive use of asbestos in many different industrial activities in Europan countries, years ago, put some countries like UK and Italy in which the situation is particularly alarming as shown by several mesothelioma incidence. Briefly, the three main types of asbestos:

  • Crocidolite –Blue asbestos
  • Amosite–Brown asbestos
  • Chrysotile –White asbestos

All  this asbestos is dangerous to health, but blue and brown are more lethal. It is the dust and particles, which, if breathed in, can cause illness many years later (often 20-50 years after exposure). Here some conditions can be caused by asbestos dust:

  • Asbestos-related lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural plaques
  • Diffuse pleural thickening
  • Benign pleural effusion
  • Benign pleural effusion

Costs related to asbestos illness
According to scientific article published by PubMed,  100 cases of mesothelioma in UK directly cost Scottish National Health Service hospitals an estimated 942,038 pounds.  Earlier disease treatment costs would have been significantly lower than those in 2000 but, , cost to the UK was roughly 471,019,000 pounds in acute hospital expenditure.


source: Pannone leaflet, PubMed 2006 Sep;1076:871-81, ReNam2nd Resport