FAQs about Asbestos:

What is asbestos?

  • Asbestos is a mineral fiber that naturally occurs in rock and soil.
  • Asbestos was used in a variety of building materials because of its fiber strength, heat resistance, water resistance and ability to make materials stronger.
  • It was known as a “miracle” component for building materials.

How do I know if I have asbestos in my home or building?

  • The only way to be sure whether a building component contains asbestos is to have it tested by a qualified laboratory.

When should I be concerned about the asbestos in my home or building?

  • When building components are deteriorating or damaged.
  • When planning a renovation or demolition project in which potential asbestos-containing material may be disturbed.

What is an asbestos inspection?

  • When an individual inspects a building or facility for the presence and location of asbestos-containing material or suspected asbestos-containing material.

Who can perform an asbestos inspection?

  • Only a person trained, certified, and licensed as an Asbestos Inspector.

When and why is asbestos dangerous?

  • Asbestos is dangerous when fibers are released into the air.
  • Fibers are typically released from the asbestos-containing material begins to deteriorate, when it is disturbed during renovation or demolition work, and when it is disturbed in any manner that causes a fiber release.
  • Asbestos fibers are easily inhaled or ingested. The fibers are so small they can pass through the body’s defense mechanism and lodge into an individual’s lungs and other organs, leading to asbestos-related diseases.

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