Asbestos

A highly versatile and once highly valued and well used material, this is now a known cause of cancer.

Asbestos has been used in a number of items we see every day. Car brakes, vinyl flooring, siding, roofing shingles, hot water blankets, and fire resistant clothing are just a few of those items.

Lightweight, resistant to corrosion and heat, asbestos fibers are highly versatile. The fibers are woven into cloth or mixed into compounds to be used in construction and manufacturing.  The use of asbestos has been regulated but its use has not been eliminated.

Tiny asbestos fibers may be released into the air during the demolition, remodeling, or repairs to older buildings.

What if I have Asbestos in my Savannah Area Facility?

Items containing asbestos are difficult to identify by sight alone. If you suspect an item contains asbestos then treat it as if it does until proven otherwise. Materials that you may suspect of containing asbestos should not be disturbed if the item is in good shape. Limit exposure to items that are damaged and as these items may be releasing fibers into the air. It is suggested that older buildings be tested for asbestos before a remodel. The ripping or tearing away of materials could lead to the release of asbestos fibers.

Health Effects of Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos particles, when inhaled, have been linked to mesothelioma, lung and other types of cancer, as well as asbestosis. Smokers are at a higher risk to develop these health issues when exposed to asbestos. Years may pass before these diseases become evident.

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