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 ...
Yes! Asbestos is absolutely dangerous.
Asbestos is much worse than BPA or Lead, or any of those other things you shouldn't put in your mouth. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other potentially deadly diseases.
Although the benefits of asbestos include fire-proofing, and insulation, and sound deadening, the harmful effects of becoming exposed to its fibers can be dangerous.
Check out the video above to learn more about the harmful dangers of asbestos and resulting mesothelioma.
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Asbestosis and mesothelioma are more than just scary-sounding words, they are potentially fatal diseases caused by even limited exposure to asbestos fibers.
Asbestos is a tough, heat-resistant mineral that was added to the building materials of many older homes. It can pose health hazards to workers and homeowners who renovate or demolish those homes. The video above shows how asbestos fibers can damage lung tissue and lead to permanent lung disease.
Remember: Always consult a professional when dealing with asbestos, especially regarding the abatement ...
Now here's an interesting story from the world of asbestos.
George McCloud has survived two battles with cancer—and has now found a patch of asbestos in his garden. McCloud lives with his wife on a property in Red Kite in Downley. At the age of seventy-five, after two cancer diagnoses, he discovered asbestos when digging in his garden just over four months ago. The asbestos was promptly reported to the county, and they sent a representative to survey the scene.
Weeks later and ...
Until the year 2000, asbestos was used in both residential and commercial construction. If you live in a home that was constructed in 2000 or later, you are not likely to have any asbestos in your home, as its use was banned. However, if you live or work in a home that predates 2000, you may in fact find that asbestos was used to build the structure. As a note: if you think that you find asbestos, do not try to ...
Asbestos has long been known to be a dangerous substance, though it was frequently used in both the construction and ship-building trades, because of its excellent insulation and fire-retardant properties. In recent years, however, it was found that inhaling loose fibers from the material could significantly harm the body, causing lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. For many people, however, bans on the use of this substance came too late.
What are the health risks?
The tiny fibers from asbestos can be breathed in ...