Asbestos materials are a type of natural fiber that contains silicate particles. Up until recently asbestos has been used in a number of different types of building and industrial materials. These fibers have been used because of their usefulness and effectiveness especially as insulators. They are also present in certain types of floor coverings, roofing materials and siding materials. The microscopic fibers become a health hazard when they are disturbed causing them to become airborne and inhaled into the respiratory tract.
The danger is that inhalation of asbestos can happen without knowledge and the health hazards can accumulate latently over the period of decades. Often serious medical conditions do not appear until all the damage has been done.
Asbestos containing materials are only considered dangerous when they contain what is referred to as “friable” asbestos and are disturbed. Friable asbestos are those fibers that can be disturbed. There are many substances that contain asbestos, but are not considered a danger because of the stability of the material. For example some types of house siding contain asbestos. Such materials should be identified and left in their non-friable state.
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