Risk of Asbestos Exposure
It can lead to health problems including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and
other serious issues.
In just a matter of decades, the use of asbestos has dropped dramatically,
because it is now a widely known fact that asbestos exposure can lead
to a number of health problems—including lung cancer, mesothelioma,
and other serious respiratory issues. While asbestos is now rarely seen
as a component in construction and manufacturing, there are still industries
in which asbestos is common as well as homes that have asbestos in their
building materials. Therefore, it is important to work with a company
like Environmental Remedies, Inc. to remove asbestos from the home or
workplace and gain an understanding of the areas where exposure is most
likely. Our Bay Area company specializes in asbestos abatement, so we
can help you curb your risk to avoid latent health problems related to exposure.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of minerals, which have been mined and commercially
used since the 1800s. These minerals take the shape of bundles of fibers
that are highly resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals, making asbestos
a seemingly ideal material for a number of different industries. Unfortunately,
asbestos can be harmful when it is disturbed and tiny fibers are released
into the air. These fibers are then breathed in, causing them to get trapped
in the lungs for an extended period of time. Immediate health problems
from breathing asbestos are not likely, as health issues have a latency
period of anywhere from 5-40 years.
Who Is at Risk for Exposure?
While there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, the risk for illness
related to exposure is much higher in individuals who have been around
asbestos for long periods of time, either at home or in the workplace.
Pre-existing respiratory issues and cigarette smoking can further increase
the risk for exposure-related health problems.
How Can You Manage Your Risk?
You might not know if your home or commercial property contains materials
made from asbestos, so it is beneficial to contact an asbestos abatement
professional if you are in a building that was built before the 1990s.
This is particularly important if you are considering a remodel or have
damaged building materials in your home, office, or business.
Follow Workplace Guidelines – If you work in an industry that involves asbestos exposure, be sure to
follow all safety guidelines in the workplace and be sure that your employer
is compliant with all laws and rules governing the use of asbestos.
Consider Asbestos Abatement – Asbestos is only a risk when it is disturbed or damaged, so abatement may
not be an immediate concern. When you do decide to invest in asbestos
abatement, however, you should consult a professional who can remove asbestos
containing materials safely and preserve the indoor air quality of the space.
To learn more about asbestos exposure, symptoms, and abatement in the Bay Area,
call Environmental Remedies, Inc. at (925) 461-3285.