Most people do not understand that asbestos is a part of our every day lives. Asbestos lurks in the air in trace amounts. However, it is also in places we commonly inhabit on a day to day basis. Asbestos was used in construction materials for decades and still used in small amounts. While older homes are more likely to contains asbestos, some newer homes have been known to as well. Some products that are known to contain asbestos are:
• Spray on Ceilings
• Wire Coating
Above are the more common materials that are known to contain asbestos.
Older homes were built with asbestos-containing materials. This is especially true for homes built before the mid-80s. Your home could have asbestos in every room, and you would never know. Asbestos fibers are small and cannot be seen. Testing is required to find asbestos fibers. It is important that you have your home tested before any remodels or renovations.
A lot of construction workers, railroad, shipyard, and military have been diagnosed with asbestos exposure. While laws are now in place to help curb asbestos exposure, it can still happen. Not all companies abide by the laws and regulations, making it dangerous for workers. Workers who have been exposed to asbestos also carry it home on their clothing. This can expose everyone in the household to asbestos. If you work in a job that could cause asbestos exposure, make sure you are working safely.
Most schools were built decades ago and renovated to look new. While this is a normal practice, it can cause asbestos exposure in schools. Laws are in place to ensure schools do not contain asbestos, but older schools are still going through asbestos abatement. Schools now must have strict plans in place to handle asbestos. These laws are put in place to protect children, faculty, and parents from asbestos exposure.
As you can see, asbestos is in places where we spend most of our time. It is important to be aware of the dangers of asbestos and to be knowledgeable about asbestos exposure.