Asbestos fibers can be inhaled and lodged in a person’s lungs then, possibly, migrate to other locations of the body. These fibers, loosened from deteriorating or damaged asbestos-containing materials, are responsible for causing asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
- Occupationally exposed workers
- Children (prone to retaining inhaled fibers for decades)
- Occupationally exposed smokers (enhanced risk of lung cancer)
- Ban most mechanical system insulation and spray applied products, but do not restrict the use of most of the above list in new buildings
- Specify work practices for the disturbance of asbestos-containing material
- Require the identification of asbestos in schools (AHERA) and in commercial and public buildings that are to be remodeled or demolished by either assuming or presuming it’s presence or by sampling (OSHA, NESHAP)
Asbestos is commonly found in fire-proofing applications, acoustical spray on ceilings, pipe insulation, resilient floor coverings, exterior sidings, caulking, and roofing materials. Asbestos is known for its thermal properties, durability and was very commonly used up until the mid-1970s. An estimated 3,000 products have been manufactured that contain asbestos, and there is still no prohibition on the manufacturing or installation of these materials.