What are the health risks of asbestos?
Asbestos causes over 5,000 fatalities annually. Younger workers are more likely than older ones to get an asbestos-related disease if they routinely come into contact with asbestos fibers. Lung cancer, lung scarring, and mesothelioma (lung lining cancer) are the main diseases that asbestos exposure can cause (thickening of the membrane surrounding the lungs, which may limit the expansion of the lungs).
It won't damage you straight away, but it could cause issues later in life because it can take anywhere between 15 and 60 years for any symptoms to appear following exposure.