When inhaled, asbestos fibers make their way into the lungs causing physical damage and become lodged in the surrounding tissue, both of which can form cancer. The risk rises with two major factors: time and amount of exposure. In this blog, we’re looking at where the risks are, who is most at risk, and measures to take if you think you’ve been exposed. [Read more…] about How Long Does It Take for Asbestos Exposure to Be Harmful?
You’re probably already aware of how asbestos exposure can hurt humans. After the inhalation of asbestos, those fibers move down into the lungs, causing lung scarring (asbestosis), lung cancer, and mesothelioma (a cancer of the chest lining). This occurs over a long span of time from exposure due to a workplace or a home with asbestos present and becoming airborne (passively or actively through remodeling). However, often overlooked is asbestos’s danger not to people but to pets, dogs in particular. It’s important to realize that such hazardous materials puts them at risk too. [Read more…] about Can Asbestos Exposure Hurt Your Pets?
It’s one thing to understand that asbestos – a hazardous material commonly found in construction materials of buildings made in the late 1980s and older – causes major illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, and another to understand how it happens. This article is designed to help shed light on the exact process, from how the asbestos becomes airborne to the effects on your body, to help underline the dangers of asbestos exposure. [Read more…] about How Does Asbestos Get into Your Lungs?
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