The Dangers of Asbestos

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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. Its ultra-resistant particles, approximately 0.02 the diameter of a human hair, are easily inhaled by anyone in an asbestos contaminated environment. Once these particles are inside the body, they latch themselves to the soft tissues of the lungs and even the inner cavity. Given the extreme resilience of these particles, the body has a hard time dislodging and expelling them, which can lead to infection and other issues within the tissue.

Who is at risk of exposure to asbestos?

Hundreds of occupations have been affected by asbestos exposure. Industries in which asbestos was popularly used include shipbuilding, power plants, construction and more.

At Brickley Environmental, we offer asbestos abatement services throughout Southern California with over thirty years of experience. If you think there’s asbestos in your home, do not touch it. Asbestos poses a threat when disturbed and agitated into the air. In many cases the presence of asbestos-containing materials in the home is no major cause of alarm if it is removed by professionals.

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