WHO Urges to Tighten Safety Standards
The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that at least 200,000 people die every year from cancers related to their workplaces. According to the UN agency, the main cause for these deaths is inhaling asbestos fibres and second-hand tobacco smoke.
WHO told that every 10th lung cancer death is due to occupational hazards.Almost 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos during the work and as a result, every year at least 90,000 deaths take place.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs naturally in our environment. It becomes a risk if asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are disturbed or damaged and asbestos fibres are released into the air and inhaled into the lungs. The fibres can remain there for a long time as they are not easily destroyed or degraded. This can lead to so many health hazards particularly if a person is repeatedly exposed to asbestos fibres over a number of years. It can cause diseases like asbestosis, a chronic disease of the lungs that makes breathing more and more difficult and mesothelioma, a cancer of the membranes that line the chest and abdomen.
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