Asbestos and Asbestos Health Effects
What are Past and Present Uses of Asbestos?
If your home was built prior to 1970 you should have some concern that it was built with asbestos materials. Learn the effects of asbestos exposure on your health including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. If you have reason to suspect that your home may contain materials made of asbestos fibers, you should contact a Building Specs to have a professional access the situation.
- Cement Pipes Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops Elevator
- Cement Wallboard Laboratory Gloves HVAC Duct Insulation
- Cement Siding Fire Blankets Boiler Insulation
- Asphalt Floor Tile Fire Curtains Breaching Insulation
- Vinyl Floor Tile Elevator Equipment Panels Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections
- Vinyl Sheet Flooring Caulking/Putties Cooling Towers
- Flooring Backing Adhesives Pipe Insulation
corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
- Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.)
- Wallboard Heating and Electrical Ducts
- Acoustical Plaster Joint Compounds Vinyl Wall Coverings
- Decorative Plaster Spackling Compounds High
- Textured Paints/Coatings Roofing Shingles Roofing Felt
- Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels Base Flashing Thermal
- Spray-Applied Insulation Fire Doors Electrical Cloth
- Blown-in Insulation Electrical Panel Partitions
- Taping Compounds (thermal) Packing Materials
(for wall/floor penetrations)
- Electric Wiring Insulation Chalkboards
Asbestos Containing Materials - EPA Region 6 has compiled a list of suspected asbestos containing materials, use the link above to view this list.
What are the health effects of asbestos exposure?
Exposure to airborne friable asbestos may result in a potential health risk because persons breathing the air may breathe in asbestos fibers. Continued exposure can increase the amount of fibers that remain in the lung. Fibers embedded in lung tissue over time may cause serious lung diseases including: asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma.
- Asbestosis: Asbestosis is a serious, progressive, long-term non-cancer disease of the lungs. It is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers that irritate lung tissues and cause the tissues to scar. The scarring makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood. Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath and a dry, crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling. There is no effective treatment for asbestosis.
- Lung Cancer: Lung cancer causes the largest number of deaths related to asbestos exposure. People who work in the mining, milling, manufacturing of asbestos, and those who use asbestos and its products are more likely to develop lung cancer than the general population. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are coughing and a change in breathing. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent chest pains, hoarseness, and anemia. People who have been exposed to asbestos and also are exposed to some other cancer-causing product, such as cigarette smoke, have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than people who have only been exposed to asbestos.
- Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining (membrane) of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart and almost all cases are linked to exposure to asbestos. This disease may not show up until many years after asbestos exposure. This is why great efforts are being made to prevent school children from
If you feel you may have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers, you should consider consulting a physician with expertise in