For anyone who has done any research in asbestos (or read even a fraction of our blogs on the subject), they know the largest concern of its presence is the health risks that come with asbestos exposure. Brought in through the nose and mouth to the lungs, asbestos fibers can cause scarring to the lungs that leads to shortness of breath, as well as a serious risk of multiple types of cancer. It’s important to understand the risks of asbestos exposure, but it’s also important to understand how smoking interacts and complicates the health concerns and how it should factor into asbestos abatement. [Read more…] about The Connection and Risk of Asbestos and Smoking
While this blog often covers the residential side of asbestos inspections and exposure, it’s important to remember the industrial uses (at an industrial scale) of asbestos in the commercial industry. Besides the factories that produced or handled asbestos-containing materials (ACM), few buildings saw as much asbestos use as power plants in the US. This article is designed to provide an overview for those concerned about the presences of asbestos in these types of facilities. [Read more…] about The Presence of Asbestos in Power Plants
While this blog often focuses on the impact asbestos exposure has on the owners and residents of a property, it’s also important to understand how it affects those who come in direct contact with it from job to job, worksite to worksite. Today we’re looking at the professions that are most at risk, looking specifically at the construction industry where the risk of asbestos exposure is at its highest. [Read more…] about Asbestos Exposure for Construction Contractors
While all asbestos is dangerous, asbestos also comes in several forms. Here in the United States, one type of asbestos accounts for roughly 95% of commercial use, with many other countries sharing similarly high percentages. This asbestos, known as Chrysotile or its commercial name of “white asbestos,” found commercial success in everything from building insulation to car brakes. Today we’re going to look at what it is, why it was so popular in the US, and the unique dangers of this type of asbestos. [Read more…] about The Most Common US Asbestos: White Asbestos
With more businesses and households taking intentional steps to create a cleaner environment, one area that needs more attention is the prevalent problem of asbestos adhesives in the US. Before the call for stricter regulation of asbestos in the 1980s, hazardous asbestos adhesives were prominently used in the construction of many homes and businesses. In this article, we will go over where to look to find asbestos adhesives in your home or business, the dangers of this material, and what to do once you find asbestos adhesives on your property. [Read more…] about The Sticky Situation of Asbestos Adhesives in US Construction
Asbestos has a lasting legacy in the United States, from health conditions that plague contractors, miners, and factory workers, to asbestos hazards in our homes, offices, and schools. Fear of asbestos comes from the fear of the health conditions it poses, and the difficulty of detecting the hazard. When it comes to diagnosing your risk of asbestos exposure, you’ve got two major sources: watching out for “sentinel diseases” that commonly are linked to asbestos or performing an inspection of suspect buildings for asbestos. [Read more…] about Is There Testing for Asbestos Exposure?