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New device could detect asbestos in the air


Asbestos is a material that cannot be seen or smelled, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. Asbestos wreaks havoc on the human body. Individuals who were exposed to asbestos decades ago may go on to develop mesothelioma later in life, a deadly form of cancer that typically affects the outer lining of the lungs. Asbestos exposure can cause other diseases, as well.

Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to detect asbestos. Individuals may be exposed to asbestos in the workplace or in areas where asbestos is naturally occurring.

But a new device could bring about major change in asbestos detection.

A British company, Alert Technology, has developed the first device that can accurately detect asbestos in the air. Its ALERT Pro 1000 model is set to launch in 2019, and is known as the world's first real-time asbestos testing device.

The device uses laser technology to identify asbestos fibers that are airborne. The light pattern helps to identify the particle in the air. If it is asbestos, an alert sounds.

The asbestos detector could be used in jobs and industries where asbestos exposure is common, such as construction, mining, and pipefitting. Asbestos may be released into the air during demolition projects or explosions, for example.

The typical way to detect asbestos is to take a test sample and send it in to a lab for testing. This is a timely process. Many people could be exposed to asbestos while test results are pending.

The ALERT System is an innovative solution that could make worksites and workplaces safer, and reduce asbestos exposure among workers.

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