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This fibrous silicate mineral is naturally present in some rocks. Prior to the late 1980s, it was used widely in construction projects. It has superior insulating, heat-resistant, water-resistant and corrosion-resistant properties.

Where It’s Found

It can be found in commercial and residential buildings in Dacula, GA and throughout the U.S. It may be present in hot water tanks, insulation, shingles, siding, roofs, ceilings, water pipes, floors, and wallboard. It’s also present in concrete and asphalt. This material is currently regulated as it’s a hazardous airborne contaminant. It can negatively impact indoor air quality when airborne and poses a significant health risk.

Asbestos-related Health Problems

This mineral breaks down into strong, thin, invisible fibers. If the materials that contain it deteriorate, it can become airborne and easy to inhale. Unfortunately, it’s toxic for humans. It can cause serious illnesses like mesothelioma and lung cancer. It can also cause a progressive, debilitating, and potentially fatal condition called asbestosis. Over 4,000 new cases of asbestos-related health conditions are reported in the US every year. That rate was supposed to have leveled off, but it hasn’t.

Who Is at Risk

Building trade workers, miners, manufacturing industry workers, and those in the maritime industry are at greatest risk of exposure. Those who work in commercial buildings can also be at risk. If asbestos-containing materials remain undisturbed and are kept in good condition, they are thought to pose no risks. However, when material like insulation starts to deteriorate, it can easily become airborne and harmful to health.

The easiest way to protect your employees from airborne contaminants is to have your indoor air quality tested regularly. Learn more about making your commercial building pollution-free at Zack Hammonds A/C, Heating, and Refrigeration, Inc. You can also call us at (770) 691-3162 to inquire about our indoor air quality testing services.

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