UK HSE Reports 4312 Deaths Due To Asbestos Related Diseases

HSE Reports 4312 Deaths Due To Asbestos Related Diseases

That’s right, the HSE has reported that there were around 4312 deaths due to asbestos related diseases in 2007 (the latest year with published statistics).A� Do you work in the building trade?A� Do you wear the correct PPE when dealing with asbestos? or do you think that health and safety is not worth the time of day?A� If you don’t wear PPE and think that health and safety is not important, then it’s about time that you woke up and learnt about the risks involved when dealing with asbestos, and the affects that it can have on you later in life.A� It isA�no joke,A� asbestos really isA�a hidden killer, and it will get you when your not expecting it.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is commonly known as the hidden killer, due to the fact that you can’t see it, and because it does not usually cause any symptoms for many years after exposure.A� Asbestos almost always causes death.

Asbestos is a term used for a wide range of naturally occurring minerals that crystallise to form long thin fibres and fibre bundles.A� Asbestos fibres have high tensile strength, chemical, electrical and heat resistance.A� For this reason, asbestos was used in nearly all UK buildings built before the year 2000, and it was and still is used in many other countries around the globe.

Asbestos is a hazardous material, and can pose great risks to health if the fibres are disturbed, let looseA�in the air, andA�thenA�inhaled.


Asbestos became a popular product to builders and manufacturers in the early 1900’s.A� Builders and manufacturers used to love using asbestos because of its great durability.A� Asbestos is fire retardant, and it was commonly used for insulations.

It is estimated that 3,000 different types of products contain asbestos.A� The global first aid kit use of asbestos ranges from paper products, brake linnings and floor tiles.

Who is at risk of being exposed?

If asbestos is left intact and undisturbed, it does not cause a health risk.A� Asbestos only causes health risk if it is tampered with, and if the person tampering with it is not wearing a face mask and protective clothing.

Many cases of these diseases occurring now are a result of exposure in industries that used asbestos in the past.A� A majority of these new casesA�have mainly affected people working in building and maintenance trades.A�

People mostly affected with asbestos related diseases include, Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians, Labourers, Metal Plate Workers, Pipe Fitters, Construction Operatives, Construction Managers and Energy Plant Operatives.

What diseases are caused by asbestos?

Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a cancer exclusively related to asbestos.A� It is almost always fatal to those who are affected.A� People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma usually die within 1 or 2 years of diagnoses.A� It has a long tendency period, and it does not start to affect the body or cause symptoms for typically 30-40 years.

Lung Cancer – Asbestos related lung cancer typically takes at least …

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What Nobody Told You About Beer Diseases

Beer Diseases

Look this up on the search engines and you will not find out very much. Look for beer diseases in brewing books and you will find silence (except to say that you must guard against them). Look for beer diseases in published literature and you will discover references to Louis Pasteur’s work of 1876 which pretty much covered the subject.

Unless you do something really gross there are two diseases you will come across, film yeast and vinegar bacteria.

Film yeast is insidious. Symptoms of film yeast in your home brew are:-

A dusty looking scum on top of your beer.

If sampled the affected beer will taste weak and vaguely unpleasant .

Film yeast is an aerobic yeast which destroys the alcohol by converting it into carbon dioxide and water. Alcohol importance of maintenance is its food. It does not immediately make the beer sour, but it quickly makes your home brew undrinkable.

There are three causes. Firstly the fermentation bucket was not cleaned properly after a previous infection. Secondly the beer was exposed too long to the air, which carries film yeast around. Thirdly the fermentation was too slow (actually this cause is connected to the previous one).

Sterilising with chlorine, iodine or sulfur based sterilizing agents will sort out the first. Rapid fermentation and prompt bottling will sort out the other two, so make sure that your yeast is good before you start; don’t kill it by adding it to wort that is too high tech dassault warm; don’t let the fermentation hang for lack of warmth. Lastly bottle your home brew as soon as its clear. You may want to use isinglass or egg whites to clear the home brew more rapidly. I have had numerous film yeast infections mostly due to late bottling.

As lager is slower fermenting you need to take an extra precaution: use a closed fermentation bin with an airlock. Top fermentation beers can be fermented in an open bin, simply covered with a cloth.

Vinegar infections are much less common. The bacterium converts alcohol (its food) to vinegar. The brew is immediately unpleasant and sour to drink. I can remember only one vinegar infection in 20 years of brewing.

Beer is protected to an extent by the hops which are a preservative, and both diseases attack weaker brews more easily than strong ones.

Incidentally, wine is subject to the same diseases: though stronger it has no protection from hops and so most wines are dosed with sulfur instead.

Happy brewing…

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