Asbestos came into popular use in the U.S. in the early 1900s due to its excellent tensile strength, insulating, workability & fireproofing materials. Asbestos was heavily used in most building & construction materials.
In the 1970s, it became apparent that asbestos posed serious health hazards to human lungs. The diagnosis of diseases and cancers that are specific to exposure led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to institute heavy regulations on both the production and the disposal of asbestos containing materials.
Asbestos refers to a group of six different types of naturally occurring minerals. Asbestos minerals are made up of fine, durable fibers which are resistant to heat, fire and many chemicals. However, any exposure to the group of minerals can lead to pleural mesothelioma and other diseases such as lung cancer or asbestosis.
Asbestos can be found in materials such as:
The human health effects of long-term exposure are well documented. Asbestos fibers can easily be inhaled and carried into the lower regions of the lungs, which can cause fibrotic lung disease (asbestosis) and changes in the lining of the chest cavity (pleura).
People are more likely to experience asbestos-related disorders when they are exposed to:
Licensed Asbestos Consultants and only an asbestos abatement contractor licensed by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration may perform asbestos removal.