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.