Asbestos Health Risks Are Well Known
Listen, if you are going to renovate or demolish a structure on your property, you should know that it likely contains some level of asbestos, which means asbestos health risks. When asbestos is trapped and sealed in building materials, it poses little threat to human health. But when it is broken free of safe encapsulation, as in the case of water damage, disintegration or demolition, asbestos poses immediate dire health risks to anyone who might breathe it in.
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The National Cancer Institute warns:
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen). Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, some studies have suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder.
The National Cancer Institute, Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, World Health Organization and other major public and occupational health institutions all publish extensive warnings and guidelines for safe demolition, handling and disposal of asbestos containing materials.
In addition to a massive body of research pointing to grave asbestos health risks, as presented by every reputable institution, the United States federal government and all state governments have enacted strict laws and regulations aimed at safeguarding workers and the public from severe asbestos health risks. And these regulations have teeth, attaching severe legal liability and fines to violations.
Asbestos Health Risks Can Be Prevented
Professional asbestos removal and mitigation experts know how to safely remove, handle and dispose of asbestos containing building materials. But safely handling asbestos depends upon first detecting its presence. Fast, reliable, certified asbestos testing by Rarefied Air gives you the information you need to protect your family, home or business from potential asbestos health risks, as well as possible legal liability. Call Rarefied Air Environmental today and breathe easier.