Asbestos is a highly hazardous fiber that has been used in materials for centuries. It was used in construction materials until the late 80s. Asbestos has been found in all kinds of buildings, including both residential and commercial. Today, we will discuss four places you might not expect to see asbestos.

Schools

Schools that contain asbestos have specific regulations they must adhere to. AHERA is an act that requires schools to be inspected and for asbestos-containing materials to be monitored. This helps to prevent asbestos exposure in older schools across the United States. Asbestos is still known to be in some schools across America. While exposure is very minimal, the fact that asbestos is in schools is still unsettling.

Hospitals

Just like schools, older hospitals are known to contain asbestos. Mostly asbestos was found in insulation and fireproofing materials. Today, construction and maintenance workers are at the most significant risk of exposure in hospitals.

Public Buildings

All public buildings built into the 80s will have a form of asbestos-containing materials. Most commonly, it is seen in the insulation but could also be in the drywall, flooring, or even ceilings. While many public buildings have had asbestos removed, many still contain asbestos.

Churches

Churches commonly used asbestos-containing materials for fire prevention and soundproofing. Asbestos was also used in insulation and around boilers and other areas that required heat-resistant materials. Many churches are older buildings, which were built prior to the late 80s.

If your property contains asbestos, it is important to have it removed as soon as possible. Asbestos exposure is a genuine risk that can cause cancer. A hazardous materials removal company should be the only professionals to remove asbestos, as the risk of exposure is so high and the dangers so great.