What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the common name given to six naturally-occurring minerals. Asbestos is a superlative heat and flame resistant material, and this made it a popular choice for use in thousands of products during the mid 20th Century. More than 27 million individuals have been exposed to this dangerous material. Most buildings constructed before 1980 contain some asbestos materials.
Asbestos is a serious health hazard and is the number one cause of asbestosis, mesothelioma and other incurable lung diseases. Asbestos has been used to manufacture ceiling tiles, floor tiles, plaster, paint, cement pipes, boiler and pipe insulation, and many other products such as brake pads and has even been used in pianos.
More than 500,000 people have been killed in the United States as a direct result of breathing in asbestos fibers. Asbestos is the number one cause of male job-related cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
Because asbestos was so ubiquitous in buildings constructed between 1940 and the late 1980s, knowing how to identify it, how to prevent anyone from becoming exposed to it and how to remove it safely is crucial. That’s what our website aims to do.
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