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
As an employer, you want to look out for the health and welfare of your employees, especially their long-term health and even their lives. This extends beyond simply needing a healthy workforce to care for those who work for you. Having a building or property that makes your employees sick is dangerous on so many levels, from the above health conditions to issues with your bottom line, legal liability, and government investigation. Let’s learn a bit about how Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) can affect your business in offices, factories, warehouses, and more. [Read more…] about Is Your Building Making Your Employees Sick?
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?
The very first blog on this website was Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick, where we went over the three major health issues caused by asbestos. In this article, we want to focus on probably the most well-known illness of asbestos exposure: lung cancer. Let’s look at why asbestos is hazardous, how it gets into your body, and how that exposure causes lung cancer. [Read more…] about How Does Asbestos Give You Lung Cancer?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. As we’ve mentioned in our blog, Is Asbestos Man-Made or Naturally Occurring? it has been mined since there have been mines. However, it’s only since the 20th century that asbestos has seen widespread use, both in it’s mining and use in manufacturing. This article looks back at the last 100+ years of history to look at how asbestos’s numerous health concerns were discovered and linked to the mineral and why we’ve been so slow to stop using it. [Read more…] about The History of Linking Asbestos and Health Concerns
Asbestos is a dangerous substance in the right – or perhaps wrong – circumstances. In these situations, asbestos is exposed to air and by time and mechanical action caused to fragment and send asbestos fibers – crystal filaments thinner than a human hair – into the air. This can lead to several serious health conditions, which we talked about in our blog, Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick. This blog focuses on explaining one of the health conditions in more detail: asbestosis. [Read more…] about Asbestos Inhalation: What is Asbestosis?