Asbestos is becoming more and more of a hot mic topic. As people develop more asbestos-related illnesses, regulations, and laws are being formed to protect people from the dangers of asbestos exposure. Below Colorado Hazardous Environmental will give you 5 facts about asbestos to better educate you on the dangerous fiber!
Asbestos is Not Banned
After scientist found asbestos to be hazardous to your health, regulations started to be put into place, but asbestos is still not fully banned in the United States. Imported materials are still showing trace amounts of asbestos. Asbestos fibers have been used for decades in materials for construction and centuries for other types of items like pottery. Early on, asbestos was found to be an excellent fiber to bind with other materials, as it was sturdy and heat resistant.
New Properties Might Contain Asbestos
With tighter regulations on asbestos, you would think it would not still be being found in newer homes, but that is not the case. Asbestos-containing materials are still being located in newer homes across the United States. Businesses, hospitals, and even schools are being found to have asbestos.
Asbestos-Related Illnesses Take Time to Develop
Asbestos exposure is still being researched, and new information is found daily. Scientist has found that asbestos fibers stay in your body for decades before showing symptoms. People who were exposed over 50 years ago are just now developing mesothelioma. You will not know for sure if you have been exposed until decades later. This makes asbestos highly dangerous.
Asbestos Illnesses is not Just Occupational
While it was believed that only people working directly with asbestos-containing materials were exposed, but this is not the case. Asbestos in homes, businesses, and schools have begun to expose a lot more people, including some children. Asbestos can also travel on clothing from your job and enter your home, exposing everyone that enter your home. Asbestos is very tiny and extremely dangerous.
Occupational Cancers Are Linked to Asbestos Exposure
While miners, ship workers, and construction workers have been the most exposed, there are now a lot of other occupations that are developing cancer from asbestos exposure. School teachers and even nurses are now showing signs of asbestos exposure. While laws and regulations are in place to protect workers from occupational carcinogens asbestos is still present.