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Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air you breathe. There are no significant health risks if asbestos fibres remain enclosed or tightly bound in a product (for example in asbestos siding or asbestos floor tiles).
Asbestos is the generic name for a variety of fibrous minerals found naturally in rock formations around the world. Asbestos fibres are strong, durable and do not burn. This is why asbestos was widely used by industry.
Because it is a valuable reinforcing, insulating, and fire-proofing material, asbestos was used widely in construction materials, such as:
These products do not release significant amount of fibre under normal use. However, you can release fibres if you cut or damage these products.
Levels of asbestos fibres in the air in buildings are usually about the same as in the air outside and are not a significant risk. But levels may be higher if you disturb asbestos materials that are easily broken up.
There is also a concern about vermiculite insulation, which may contain small amounts of asbestos fibres and may cause health risks if disturbed. Yet there is currently no evidence of risk to your health if the insulation is
The amount of asbestos in a product does not indicate its health risk. If the asbestos fibres remain enclosed or tightly bound in a product, there is no significant risk to health.
Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air you breathe. When inhaled in significant quantities, asbestos fibres can cause
There is also evidence that asbestos can cause cancer of the pharynx and stomach. The link between asbestos and other forms of cancer is less clear.
Smoking combined with inhaled asbestos greatly increases the risk of lung cancer.
But remember, you can’t always tell just by looking at the material. If in doubt, have it analyzed by a qualified professional. You can find one by looking up experts in “asbestos abatement/removal.”
If you must handle small amounts of material that contains asbestos, follow these steps.
Advice for public and commercial building owners
Advice for construction and maintenance workers
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It’s Your Health – Vermiculite Insulation Containing Asbestos
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Asbestos Health Effects
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