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Asbestos

Asbestos

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What is it?

Sounds scary right? But what is it? Unless you have been affected by this hazardous material-- or you know someone who has-- it may not be something you think about!

 

When is dangerous to your health?

The most common way for asbestos fibers to enter the body is through breathing. In fact, asbestos containing material is not usually considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested. 

 

Why was it used?

Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals which all have in common thin fibrous crystals. They are commonly known by their colors, as blue, white, brown, and green asbestos. 

 

When is it Dangerous?

Asbestos use is not banned in the U.S., but it is strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government entities. 

 

Why is it Dangerous? 

When materials that contain asbestos are damaged or disturbed, fibers are released into the air. When these fibers are inhaled or ingested they can cause serious diseases!

 

Is it in Schools?

Starting in the early 1980s, the EPA began investigating the level of asbestos in schools and assessing the risk it posed to students and teachers. 

 

How to Identify it?

It is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it.