Everyone wants to make sure their kids grow up strong and healthy. The last thing they want is for hazardous materials and conditions children can be exposed to cause life-long life or health issues, or even death. Among other hazardous materials found in homes, businesses, and childcare facilities such as schools and daycares is asbestos. It’s important to understand the specific risks that asbestos exposure can cause to infants and children.
ASHAA and the History of Asbestos and Children
It was legislation and regulation around children and schools that were the first to pass in the 1980s after the risks of asbestos could no longer be ignored. These include the Asbestos-in-Schools rule, Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Act (ASHAA), and the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act. Together, these tackled the issue that many older schools and other childcare facilities had asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) without any plan to contain or remove them.
Asbestos and the Health Legacy of Exposure
Much like adults, children who are exposed to asbestos generally have a long latency period. There have been studies on mining towns exposed to asbestos powder such as Wittenoom and Libby and how the children had little or no breathing damage until later in their life when asbestos-related health conditions set in.
- Long Latency Period: Health concerns like lung cancer and mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to manifest.
- Complications Due to Environment and Habits: Other conditions that impact cancer risks and lung health can exacerbate and increase risks, such as smoking.
- Shortness of Breath: Even short-term exposure to asbestos can cause scarring to the lungs, a permanent condition known as asbestosis.
If you believe your home, business, or childcare facility might be at risk of causing asbestos exposure, you should act now. Fiber Control, Inc. provides full asbestos remediation and abatement services, alongside other health-affecting materials such as lead paint and mold, for Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Contact us today to get started.