Most people associate asbestos with its use in buildings as heat and fireproofing measures from decades ago. Indeed, asbestos was commonly used as fireproofing material which wrapped water pipes and was placed in walls to prevent the spread of fire from one room to another.
However, as the asbestos wrapping aged, it released the substance now know to lead to mesothelioma when inhaled. Asbestos was banned or severely limited for use in the late 1970s and since then there has been large-scale programs ...
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Asbestos is a combination of six different silicate minerals, all of which consist of thin, long crystals that are fibrous and used in many different commercial and construction projects. Asbestos is also found naturally in areas such as California and has been used over the centuries for many different products.
For many centuries, asbestos was prized for its ability to resist ...
Most people know asbestos as a dangerous substance which causes mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer in the lungs with a low survival rate. However, many people may not realize that asbestos can occur in the natural world as well.
Until the 1970s, asbestos was commonly used in offices, buildings, and facilities along with some homes. It was wrapped around pipes or used in firewalls because it is essentially fireproof. Many facilities had blankets made from asbestos to put out fires. Only ...
What is asbestos and why is it dangerous?
Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals, which detach extremely durable and resistant microscopic fibers. Although this exact feature used to be in high demand for a number of commercial and industrial uses, the negative health effects of the material were eventually discovered.
Today, asbestos is known to be a human carcinogen. The durability that once made it so popular and sought after is now known to be dangerous to humans. ...
On December 8th, 2016, the Supreme Court of California ruled that companies may be held accountable for something known as secondary asbestos exposure in the home of a worker. In other words, companies now have the responsibility to prevent employees from accidentally carrying asbestos on their clothing or bodies into their homes where it may affect others in the household.
How the Ruling Came About
The Supreme Court of California made its ruling based on two lawsuits. In one case, a woman contracted ...
Creating your own home makeover using DIY methods can be appealing. Between the gratification of knowing you built something with your own hands to the potential of saving money, we often forget about the dangers that come with such DIY renovations. Ultimately, it’s important to keep your home safe. Home renovations often mean revealing drywall and insulation that could be hiding dangerous materials. These kinds of renovations are much safer when done with the help of professionals and experts.
One of the ...
Asbestos exposure victims have always looked up to US Senator Barbara Boxer for her strong stance on eradicating asbestos use ever since the Asbestos Disease Organization (ADAO) came into existence. Together with another US Senator, Jon Tester, she has successfully introduced a new bill to the U.S. Senate in September, called the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016.
This act has successfully accelerated the ban on asbestos, though many such attempts in the past have not succeeded.
This act has the following ...
Like most children, your kids probably spend the majority of their time at school. When they are at school, they are completely out of your supervision and protection. Do you know what they might be breathing in while at school? Some children may still be exposed to asbestos in the halls of their school, which can cause a wide variety of health problems, ranging from mesothelioma to asbestosis. Here are five myths you might still believe about asbestos in schools:
1. Asbestos ...
One of the biggest shocks most DIY renovators encounter is the realization that renovation is not as easy as all those television shows make it look. But did you know that your renovation might actually be making you sick? There are a wide variety of risks that come along with doing any kind of remodeling or construction, especially to an existing building. Here are some of the dangers that come along with renovating your home:
Asbestos and lead paint – If the ...
You’re probably already aware that older homes might have asbestos in their insulation or in their flooring materials. But there are lots of other sources of asbestos that many people might not know about, simply because they are not as publicized. Here are five common items that might still contain asbestos:
1. Bowling balls – Whether you are just an avid bowler or whether you own your own ball and shoes, you might not know that your bowling ball could have been ...