ASBESTOS HEALTH RISKS
When materials containing asbestos are disturbed through sanding, drilling, breakage or just degradation over time, asbestos fibers, thinner than a human hair, are released into the air—and into the lungs of those exposed to the hazardous material.
ASBESTOS EXPOSURE SOURCES
Asbestos, known for its strength and fire-resistance, made it appear the perfect product with which to manufacture many types of building materials until the late 1970’s, when the danger of its use was realized. However, the products could still have been installed well after 1980.
Asbestos is a mineral that has been used in thousands of products over the last century for its insulating, acoustical and fire protective properties. But since the health hazards posed by its presence have been detected, the need to remove the asbestos has become crucial. Trained and certified companies handle the removal process—known as asbestos abatement.