WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was widely used in construction due to its strength, resistance to chemicals, non-combustibility, and thermal properties. Once considered a “magic mineral”, asbestos is now known to be a dangerous carcinogen and its use is banned in most industrialized nations.
Asbestos-containing materials become dangerous when they are disturbed or when they disintegrate. As the crystalline structure of the asbestos-containing material breaks down, millions of microscopic fibers become airborne and are inhaled.
Over time, exposure to the asbestos fibers can cause a variety of serious conditions including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.