Asbestos, ďThe Miracle MaterialĒ as it was referred to by the Greeks, is a very useful material, and has helped us in many ways. However, asbestos is associated with adverse health effects and exposure to asbestos fibers should be avoided. Many older homes contain some type of asbestos-containing material (ACM). Among materials that may contain asbestos are: pipe insulation, boilers, plaster, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, sheetrock, sheetrock joint-compound, roofing materials, sidings, and more. You canít tell if a product contains asbestos by looking at it. Asbestos can only be detected by laboratory analysis. You canít see asbestos fibers in the air. Asbestos is a hidden hazard.
If you think that your home may contain some ACM it is recommended having the home inspected by a CT licensed Asbestos Inspector or Management Planner to identify all areas containing ACM. Earth has professionals specialized in asbestos. Their wide experience puts Earth in a unique position to assist you with your asbestos project. Earth believes that environmental consulting services should not necessarily be expensive: frequently, a single visit can put a client in compliance with the law.
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What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring strong mineral
fiber that is resistant to heat and has many desirable properties.
Because asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and most chemicals,
they have been used as insulation materials in many residential and
commercial buildings throughout the country. Asbestos fibers are
found in nature and float easily. Nearly everyone is exposed to
asbestos at some time during his or her life.
Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that
may become airborne when distributed. These fibers get into the air and may
become inhaled into the lungs, where they may cause significant health problems.
Researchers still have not determined a "safe level" of exposure but we know the
greater and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of contracting an
asbestos-related disease. Some of these health problems include: Asbestosis,
Mesothelioma, and Lung Cancer.
What should I do if I find asbestos in my home?
If you think asbestos may be in your home, donít panic!
Usually, the best thing is to leave asbestos material that is in good condition
alone. There is no danger unless fibers are released and inhaled into the lungs.
If the material is damaged or becomes damaged, looks for professional help. You
may contact Earth for professional assistance. Earth can recommend the most
appropriate abatement options.
The EPA has identified asbestos as a hazardous pollutant, and on April 6, 1973, EPA first promulgated the Asbestos NESHAP in 40 CFR Part 61. After that Asbestos became a highly regulated hazardous material. Federal, State and local asbestos regulations aim to protect the general public from exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. In the State of Connecticut there are more than five different regulations. Examples of some regulatory requirements are: