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The Dangers and Risks of Asbestos

After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began banning asbestos in products and new constructions in the 1970s, there was a considerable effort to identify where the substance was present and have it removed. This became especially concerning in the mid to late 1980s when more people contracted mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that is primarily caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. People at Risk The risk is not limited to those who worked in facilities that had asbestos, but also extends to ... Read more

Five Places Asbestos is Hiding in Your Home

Are you thinking about doing a home remodel, or you might still be using an old appliance because it is operational? If so, you may be running the risk of being exposed to asbestos. While the use of asbestos in construction and products has been banned since the 1970s, it is still possible that it might be present in your residence or products that you use frequently. Here are five places or products where asbestos may be hiding in your home: 1) Hair Dryers Hair dryers ... Read more

History of Asbestos: Then and Now

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been linked to cancers such as mesothelioma. Although asbestos exposure is considered dangerous, it is not completely banned in the US and other countries because it is naturally occurring and does serve a valuable purpose thanks to its fire-resistance and durability. History of Asbestos Asbestos has been around for millions of years, but its name derives from the Greeks, which means “inextinguishable”. The Greeks recognized the ability of asbestos to resist fire, and the first use ... Read more

Top Five Sources of Asbestos in Your Home

If your home was built before 1980, there is a chance that it might contain asbestos. While residences are far less likely to have asbestos placed inside the structure compared to offices and facilities, many asbestos-based products, such as floor and ceiling tiles, siding, pipe cement, roof shingles, flashing, and insulation, may contain asbestos. When the items or products containing asbestos start to decay, it may release the asbestos into the atmosphere. If it is inhaled over several years, the asbestos may cause ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Asbestosis

Even though the dangers of asbestos are well-known, as exposure to asbestos becomes less frequent the symptoms may be misdiagnosed more often. It is possible that some people who might be successfully treated instead suffer and become worse. That’s why it is important to understand the symptoms associated with asbestos exposure, which can cause certain forms of cancer and asbestosis. What is Asbestosis? This is a version of pulmonary fibrosis where the lungs are scarred by the presence of asbestos over a long ... Read more

Two Unusual Sources of Asbestos

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 ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Asbestos

This article is the last in our “Need to Know” series. Check out our other articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation here!  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 ... Read more

Natural Asbestos in California

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 ... Read more

The Dangers of Asbestos

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. ... Read more

Changes to Asbestos Law by California Supreme Court

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 ... Read more
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