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 ...
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 ...