Asbestos Awareness Week

Asbestos is a proven human carcinogen, and all forms of asbestos can cause cancer – Ministry of Health.

Asbestos was widely used in commercial and residential properties throughout the 20th century, before its negative impact on the human body, and in particular, the respiratory system was recognised.

Asbestos causes cancer in a dose-dependent manner. The greater the exposure, and the longer the time of exposure, the greater the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, which may include:

  • Asbestosis (scarring of lung tissue)
  • Mesothelioma (malignant tumours, cancers that develop around the lungs or intestine)
  • Pleural plaques (thickening of membranes around the lungs)
  • Cancer of the lung, larynx, and ovary.

There is no safe lower limit of exposure – all exposure is thought to add to the overall risk of disease development – but the risk from a single, low-level exposure is considered to be extremely low.

Many resources are available through Worksafe NZ that will assist PCBU’s and people working with asbestos to avoid the potential negative health consequences resulting from exposure to asbestos fibres.

In a nutshell, you really need to ensure that you use the correct PPE (respiratory equipment and protective coveralls).

pH7 can provide market leading solutions to protect you and your team from the harmful effects of asbestos fibres.

Our range includes:

For PPE, why not give pH7 a call on 0800 323 223, call our Technical Helpline on 0800 111 PH7 or simply email us on

See WorkSafe NZ guides here: Asbestos Quick Guides for tradespeople | WorkSafe

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