Asbestos

Asbestos, a dangerous and often deadly substance was used in building construction during the early 20th century. Even buildings from before 1980s could contain this mineral as it’s best to avoid exposure if possible but if you suspect that there might be some asbestos within your home then do not take any risks with personal health by remaining inside – get out immediately!

What is asbestos?

  • Asbestos is a mineral found in nature
  • White or grey in color
  • Looks like cardboard, cotton, plaster or clay
  • Made up of tiny, needle-like fibers

Where is asbestos found?

  • Asbestos was used in many products as recently as 1989, and is still in some today.
  • Asbestos could be found in pipe and boiler insulation, shingles, floor tiles, roofing, and certain adhesives.

Can asbestos cause health problems?

Yes. When asbestos is damaged or disturbed, you can breathe the tiny fibers into your lungs.

 

  • Asbestos can cause diseases like lung cancer and scarring in the lungs, called asbestosis.
  • It has been estimated that it can take up to 20 years for someone who’s been exposed to asbestos to develope symptoms of illness.
  • The risk of developing cancer is higher for people who have been exposed to asbestos and who smokes.
Asbestos
What is asbestos?
  • Asbestos is a mineral found in nature
  • White or grey in color
  • Looks like cardboard, cotton, plaster or clay
  • Made up of tiny, needle-like fibers
Where is asbestos found?
  • Asbestos was used in many products as recently as 1989, and is still in some today.
  • Asbestos could be found in pipe and boiler insulation, shingles, floor tiles, roofing, and certain adhesives.
Can asbestos cause health problems?

Yes. When asbestos is damaged or disturbed, you can breathe the tiny fibers into your lungs.

 

  • Asbestos can cause diseases like lung cancer and scarring in the lungs, called asbestosis.
  • It has been estimated that it can take up to 20 years for someone who’s been exposed to asbestos to develope symptoms of illness.
  • The risk of developing cancer is higher for people who have been exposed to asbestos and who smokes.