Health and Environmental Effects of Asbestos
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to be aware of the effects of asbestos.
It is now generally accepted that inhalation of asbestos fibers can be associated with three serious, and often fatal, diseases. Two of these, lung cancer and asbestosis, affect the lungs, while the third, mesothelioma, is a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the thoracic and abdominal cavities.
Most of these illnesses are caused from prolonged exposure to different types of asbestos over extended periods of time in work environments.
Airborne asbestos levels in the general environment outside the workplace are many times lower and are not considered a hazard.
Asbestos is still an important component in many products and processes, although its usage is expected to remain low in the United States. The stricter exposure regulations and improved manufacturing and handling procedures now in place are expected to eliminate health problems associated with asbestos. Next week we will discuss how we protect employees and workers in the restoration industry. If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.