Asbestos Removal and Abatement – Asbestos Analysis and Remediation
Schrack Environmental Consulting, Inc. (SECI) does not currently perform asbestos removal and abatement, however we can refer you to leading professionals in the industry.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used commercially for its desirable physical properties – sound absorption, average tensile strength, its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. Asbestos became popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century. Asbestos was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats. Asbestos containing materials were used in pipe insulation, floor tiles, rope seals for boilers, ceiling tiles, automotive brakes and clutches, fire retardant coatings, concrete, bricks, fireplace cement, fireproof drywall, lawn furniture and drywall joint compound.
What Are The Hazards With Asbestos?
The prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). Asbestos exposure becomes a health concern when high concentrations of asbestos fibers are inhaled over a long time period. People who become ill from inhaling asbestos are often those who are exposed on a day-to-day basis in a job where they worked directly with the material. As a person’s exposure to fibers increases, because of being exposed to higher concentrations of fibers and/or by being exposed for a longer time, then that person’s risk of disease also increases. Disease is very unlikely to result from a single, high-level exposure, or from a short period of exposure to lower levels.
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