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 family members who came into contact with those who were in such buildings. In addition, asbestos is still found in some products, such as hard floor tiles, vehicle brakes, and even insulation jackets for boilers and heating systems.
This means that you may be at risk even without being aware of it. While the chances of becoming sick from exposure to asbestos in such products may be small, the continued presence of the material means that the risk is still present. Plus, there are still many buildings, structures, and even some residences that still have asbestos inside if they were built before the 1970s.
What To Do
The identification of products that have asbestos is the first step in eliminating the threat. This means knowing what products may still have asbestos inside and removing them from the home, office, or facility.
The next step is whether you live or work inside a structure that may still contain asbestos. If it was built after the 1970s, when the substance was banned in construction, then it almost certainly does not have asbestos inside. However, if it was built from the 1970s or earlier, you may want to have a professional or proper company conduct an inspection.
The dangers of asbestos make it paramount that you know whether you, your co-workers, or family and friends are being exposed to the substance. There may be information with your local government that might track the location of where asbestos materials have been found in residences or buildings, but only a proper inspection will let you know if there is asbestos present.
How Brickley Environmental Can Help
If you suspect that asbestos is inside your residence, building, or facility, please contact the experts at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to identify the presence of asbestos and remove it safely from your location. At Brickley Environmental, we can ensure that your home, office, or facility is free of asbestos to protect those who live or work inside.