Originally Posted by codprawn
No I just don't listen to scaremongering - much of it generated by people who have made a fortune in asbestos removal.
Saying asbestos kills FULL STOP is like saying drinking booze or smoking fags kills FULL STOP......
Asbestos was banned from car brake pads on safety grounds - how many old mechanics do you actually KNOW who have died from asbestos???
I remember allowing mercury to run around in my hand - no wonder it's called quicksilver. These days they wear full white suits and breathing apparatus to handle it!!!
Ignorance in the past is not an excuse to leave people exposed to risks to their health now.
Ferodo made the first brake linings with asbestos content in 1896. The ban on the import and use of blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos in 1985 removed that risk forever.
Of the nearly 4000 people that died in this country last year of lung cancer and diseases like mesothelioma I would say that a proportion of them were garage mechanics who were exposed in the workplace.
Oh and by the way, the youngest person ever recorded to have died of an asbestos related disease died in October last year. He was 36. It was thought that he contracted mesothelioma from the blue asbestos fibres that stuck to his dads overalls that he wore home from the garage he worked in.
Codders I'm not going to have an argument with you as to the risks related to exposure to asbestos because they've all been had before by people who know a damn sight more about it. Thats why we have legislation in place like the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. They are put in place to protect workers in this country from the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.
If you want to know the real story rather than your misguided "opinions" go here - www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/