Asbestos & Your Health

Asbestos is a common, fibrous rock found worldwide which has been used in various products for over 4,500 years.  It has been used in over 3,000 different products such as textiles, paper, ropes, wicks, stoves, filters, floor tiles, roofing shingles, clutch facings, water pipe, cements, fillers, felt, fireproof clothing, gaskets, battery boxes, clapboard, wallboard, fire doors, fire curtains, insulation, brake linings, and more.

Asbestos may be found almost everywhere.  Almost everyone is exposed to asbestos to some degree every day.  Asbestos is common, but the presence of asbestos may not be a problem, provided that it is not disturbed and fibers are not released into the air.  Adverse health effects associated with asbestos exposure have been extensively studied for many years.  These studies and epidemiological investigations have demonstrated that breathing asbestos dust (fibers) and/or ingesting asbestos is a health hazard.  Primary diseases associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibers are asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

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