Asbestos

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Asbestos is highly toxic and was widely used in a large number of building materials including flooring, ceiling tiles, insulation, cements, joint compound and more. The material was banned in the late 1980s but homes and buildings built before then that are still operable pose a great risk. Inhaling large amounts of asbestos fibers over time can cause serious illnesses that can be prevented with the proper professional care. Let our professionals provide a safe and worry-free solution by providing asbestos testing and abatement services for your property.

Whether your require a survey as part of a legal transaction, filing for a permit with the Department Of Buildings (ACP-5) or wish to have materials tested for an upcoming renovation, SEINC’s Certified Asbestos Investigator(s) are available to assist you with any concerns you have.

HISTORY

Is the name given to a group of natural occurring minerals fibers. These long and thin fibers can be woven into cloth or mixed with other materials used in building products to add strength along with heat and chemical resistance. It has good insulating properties and was commonly added to products used for acoustical or thermal insulation.

Asbestos was predominantly added to products made between the 1950’s and late 1970’s. Asbestos may still be found in products made today including adhesives, caulking, floor tiles, roofing products and specialty products such as gaskets and brake parts.

HAZARDS

The properties that make asbestos such an attractive material to add to building products make it a health hazard when it is inhaled or ingested. The body has difficulty dealing with internal asbestos fibers. Adverse health effects can occur many years after exposure. Asbestos fibers are released into the air during activities that disturb asbestos-containing materials. The asbestos fibers can then be inhaled and trapped in the lungs. Asbestos does not have an odor or other mechanism to alert of an exposure. Asbestos-containing materials only present a hazard once they deteriorate or are disturbed.

HEALTH EFFECTS

The primary adverse health effects related to asbestos exposure come through inhalation of the fibers. The aerodynamic properties of the fibers enable them to remain airborne for long periods of time and make them easily inhaled deep into the lungs. Asbestos-related diseases normally take anywhere from 20 to 40 years to develop. Following are the primary asbestos related diseases:

  • Asbestosis – Scarring of the lung tissue that reduces the ability of the lungs to function properly. Associated with repetitive exposures over the course of many years.
  • Lung Cancer – Typically associated with repetitive exposures over the course of many years. Smoking greatly increases the risk.
  • Mesothelioma – Rare cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdominal cavity. It is unique in that it does not appear to require significant exposure in order to develop the disease. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma, the cancer caused by asbestos, and a great guide on it has been provided by David Sides in the Outreach Department of the Pleural Mesothelioma Center, an advocacy group that provides extensive information on asbestos and the diseases it causes.

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