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Follow up Asbestos post about getting into house

Discussion in 'Building' started by LozM, 27 Jun 2021.

  1. LozM

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    Many thanks to everyone who took time to respond to my previous post on asbestos exposure, some re-assuring posts and some worrying ones but have reconciled fact that nothing can do about the exposure and due to distances hoping not to many fibres got on me, I will never understand why I didn't change clothes before dealing with kids but was stressed with everything.

    Can honestly say have never been so worried about anything in my life. Have been reading quite a bit and wanted to get view from people on something else to do with what happened.

    The builders cut through the softfit in two places with jig saw, the board was about 7mm thick and since has tested and contained Chrysotile asbestos, been reading that jig sawing releases 2-10 fibres/ cm3 - I'll be honest not sure what that really means but is higher than other things that can be done to board. Also not sure if this means those fibres that are released are not bound to the cement anymore and so are microscopic.

    What is worrying me now is did any get in the house, the cut was made outside my childrens bedroom window which was closed but they are old wooden windows and the seals aren't the best, the top of the windows end at the softfit that was cut. Here is picture through the window where cut can just be seen :



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    Here is picture of window seal on side was cut:

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    We have these windows all over the house and some have visible gaps in the seals but fortunately not this one, they are a sort of flexible plastic rather than rubber and a few mm across.

    I am stressing out that some microscopic fibres have got into their room, they are only little and worried sick. Should i be getting them out of the room ?

    I have wiped around the frames with wet kitchen towel and was dusty but there is normally dust there especially as been on open settings at times during the build.

    Really not sure what to do, would it be worth getting someone round to test air, incident occurred on Thursday, not sure if too late now or if anything can do to re-assure ourselves as really affecting our mental health, I so wish they hadn't just cut the boards and paused for a moment.

    Any thoughts greatly appreciated,

    Lawrence
     
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    If it was cut when wet then there should be no airbourne fibres. 2-10 fibres per cm3? how and where do they measure that, and do the conditions of the test you read about correspond to your situation? 2-10 fibres per cm3 at 1m? and if you are 10 metres upstream of any draft you would get nil, even directly downstream it would be diluted by the air around it.
     
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    Unfortunately was bone dry and not much wind, trying not to worry but starting to hope that the stuff wasn't actively trying to get in the windows and if settled would have been blown off at later stage, haven't opened the windows since, thanks for taking time to reply,

    Lawrence
     
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    Thanks ever so much for finding that post, great to read just before bedtime as was starting to mull it all over again, whilst concentration in cement board is more than Artex the fact that I was outside has got to even things up, really is appreciated as been hard not to beat myself up for not changing clothes but was so stressful that day events over took me, great forum, amazing people take time to reassure others,

    Lawrence
     
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    Lawrence, you really need to stop worrying. Chrysotile asbestos is completely different to the dangerous asbestos types and when bound in cement matrix is even less hazardous. There are millions of tons of it on houses all over the country and is routinely sanded down, smashed up, sawn up, by people who don't recognise what it is. This puts fibres into the air which are carried around on air currents. We are all exposed to it and it is no more dangerous that many other building dusts.
     
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    You're health is probably more at risk just walking alongside a busy road.
     
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