asbestos

What is asbestos and how is it harmful?
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral found in rock and soil. Due to its long and fine structure, asbestos fibers are strong and heat resistant, making it a valuable element in building materials. Asbestos is 1,200 times thinner than human hair, can suspend in the air for a long period of time, and can be easily inhaled if the contaminated material is disturbed. Long-term effects of asbestos inhalation can cause damage to the lungs, leading to diseases such as lung cancer, esothelioma, and asbestosis. It can take 10-30 years after exposure for symptoms to be perceptible, so it is important to test suspected materials as soon as possible.

Identifying

The only way to accurately identify asbestos is to conduct a laboratory analysis of the suspected material. Always err on the side of caution. If you suspect there could be asbestos in your home or workplace, have the material analyzed immediately.

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