While now banned in the United States, asbestos was used in construction materials until the end of the 1980s. When asbestos fibers are disturbed from decaying materials, construction, or a host of other possibilities, they can become airborne where they pose a risk to those who live or work within the building. Once asbestos is inhaled, long exposure to the fibers can lead to a host of symptoms that – if left unchecked – can have dire long-term consequences. [Read more…] about The Signs and Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure
At the beginning of this blog, our very first article was about the health effects of asbestos, Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick. It’s the biggest concern for everyone involved with asbestos exposure, and it’s why we work tirelessly to do our part in locating and removing the hazardous material. Since then, we’ve written many articles that go into more detail on asbestos, how people get exposed, and the complications to health that occur from it. Below you will find our comprehensive collection of articles to read to learn about the health effects of asbestos exposure. [Read more…] about The Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure
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?
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
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?