Commercials, newspapers, and social media are full of information about asbestos. It is hard to figure out what is the true and what is false. Colorado Hazardous Environmental is here to set the record straight. We have five truths about asbestos that you have probably never heard. Our job is to educate the public about the dangers and keep everyone safe from exposure.
Asbestos is Not Banned in the United States.
While there are some laws focusing on asbestos, it is not completely banned. Some items are imported and contain this hazardous mineral that has been used in car parts, fire-resistant materials, home items, and roofing.
Asbestos-Related Illnesses Take Years to Show Symptoms.
Once some of these fibers enters your system, it sits inside your body for 20 to 50 years. Many people exposed 50 years ago are just now having illnesses such as mesothelioma, respiratory problems, and asbestosis.
New Homes Could Contain Asbestos.
Many new homes have been tested, and it was found that insulation and other materials had traces of asbestos. The same holds true for businesses, schools, and even hospitals.
Asbestos-Related Illnesses Affect Everyone.
Most thought it only affected construction and military personnel. However, it affects teachers, firefighters, first responders, and many other professionals.
Occupational Cancers are Asbestos Related.
The only fiber that can cause mesothelioma is asbestos. Miner and construction workers were considered the only ones to have occupational cancers. Today that is not true. Asbestos has been found in schools and many businesses throughout the United States.
While the above is true, there are still many facts about asbestos that many do not know. It is important to educate yourself and your family on the dangers of asbestos. If your home or business has never been tested for asbestos, consider hiring a certified asbestos removal company. They will be able to safely test your property and remove asbestos if needed.