May 21, 2013
A new product called Alert has been announced in the UK, which is a portable device that tests for airborne asbestos particles and gives results in real time. In most instances, testing a building’s air for asbestos can be a long endeavor, which either means that individuals cannot remain in the building until results come back, or that individuals could be unknowingly exposed to asbestos fibers in the air. Fortunately, this incredible device will allow for fast results, allowing individuals to remove themselves from a potentially dangerous environment as soon as possible.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used extensively prior to the 1970s in a variety of building materials, especially roofing tiles and insulation. While asbestos is usually safe when it is undisturbed, if asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can be inhaled and lodge themselves into a person’s lungs, which can result in the development of mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer. As such, buildings that contain asbestos that could be disturbed and fragment into the air usually have to have professionals come to remove this dangerous material.
This important new product hopes to be available in the UK as soon as the beginning of 2014.