Asbestos is something that many of us have probably heard about- how it is used in building materials in older homes, how it is harmful to your health, maybe even common materials that contain asbestos like popcorn ceilings and pipe insulation. Enviro wants to expand on some of that information so that you are made aware of potential health affects from asbestos exposure and how you can prevent it.

What It Is:

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in building and painting materials between 1930-1977. Asbestos fibers were commonly added to many building materials to add strength, fire resistance and insulation.

Health Effects:

Asbestos exposure can elevate risk of lung cancer. Usually these cases are results of significant exposure, and limited exposure does not usually lead to negative health symptoms. Risk for asbestos caused illnesses are significantly increased if subject is also a tobacco user, and most symptoms surface many years after initial exposure.

Asbestos in building materials does not normally pose as a health threat. The asbestos fibers are contained within the material and not at risk of being inhaled. Asbestos becomes a health hazard when materials containing asbestos are broken and torn apart. This can occur from deterioration over time, demolition, and accidental damage.


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