Employers need to take measures like wearing proper protective gear or doing regular lung function testing when working with asbestos products so employees do not come into contact with them unnecessarily. It is important for both employers and employees to know how to detect the harmful effects of working with asbestos so they can prevent further problems from happening. What is asbestos and how does it affect the human body Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used in the past for insulation, roofing and other materials. However, it has been shown to be an extremely harmful product. Asbestos can cause cancer and lung disease among other health problems. When workers are exposed to excessive amounts of asbestos it can cause many different health problems. The first and most common problem is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma causes tumours to form in the tissue surrounding certain organs such as the lungs, heart or abdomen. Another major symptom of exposure to asbestos includes lung cancer. When these cells develop into tumours it will affect breathing ability and may even lead to death. How to detect the harmful effects of asbestos The harmful effects of asbestos include lung cancer. When these cells develop into tumours it will affect breathing ability and may lead to death. Some other symptoms include: Shortness of breath. Chest pain. Fluid build-up around the heart and stomach area (ascites). Bowel obstruction. Coughing up blood or mucus. Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). If you experience any one of these symptoms while working with asbestos, then stop what you are doing immediately and get yourself checked out by a medical professional. How to prevent contact with this dangerous substance In order to prevent these health risks, it is important for both workers and their employers to be aware of the dangers of asbestos. It is also important to have a plan in place for what to do if someone does come into contact with this harmful substance, and you can set up some guidelines regarding this through a WHS consultation with a trained professional. Workers need to be properly trained on how to safely handle asbestos, where it can be found and what steps should be taken if they suspect that they have been exposed. Employers should also provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and overalls to protect workers from coming into contact with asbestos fibres. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. By detecting the problem early, you can prevent any long-term health problems from developing. There are a number of ways to prevent the harmful effects of asbestos, but it is important that both workers and employers are aware of these dangers. By following the correct safety procedures and using the right equipment, we can help keep everyone safe from this harmful substance. It is also important for people working in close proximity with those who may have come into contact with asbestos to be on high alert as well, since they too can face serious health problems if they inhale asbestos fibres. Preventing the harmful effects of asbestos is important not only for workers but also employers since, without them knowing it, their employees could be exposed to this harmful material every day on the job site. It is up to each worker and employer to keep an eye out for any signs that someone has come into contact with asbestos so preventative measures can be taken immediately. Once you detect these symptoms, make sure you get help right away. Asbestos is a potentially life-threatening mineral that was used heavily in the 1900's. Many workers may not be aware of what asbestos is and how it can affect their health if they are exposed to this harmful material on a regular basis. Many people mistakenly believe that once you come into contact with asbestos there are no long-term effects which is absolutely false; while some may not develop something like mesothelioma until years later others will show early signs such as shortness of breath or an unusual cough due to lungs irritation by tumour cells. Sometimes these symptoms resemble other respiratory conditions so it is important for all employees who work regularly around any kind of building materials containing asbestos fibres to know exactly what types of breathing problems could potentially stem from them.