THREE MOST COMMON TYPES OF ASBESTOS USED IN BUILDING MATERIALS
These minerals, when mined and processed into asbestos building materials are typically separated into micro-fibers. When these micro-fibers are present in the air, after they have been disturbed through re-construction or demolition processes, they can become what is known as friable and thus introduced into the lungs where they can then become cancerous to humans.
A Brief History
Asbestos actually dates back some 4500 years, however it became a popular, commercially manufactured product in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Its use in building materials was widely propagated due to its strong resilient properties to burning, its resistance to corrosion, and its ability to provide excellent insulating properties. Despite the know ill-health effects discovered in the late 1890’s, its manufacture continued for several decades in the US.
Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is defined, by regulation, to be materials that contain a higher than 1% asbestos makeup. Asbestos fibers are commonly mixed during processing with a material that binds them together so that they can be used in over 20,000 building materials.
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Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is more infamously known for causing the following:
Asbestosis – or a scarring of the lungs, reducing the lungs ability to properly take in Oxygen and release CO2 (Carbon dioxide). This creates difficulty breathing in patients with this disease.
Mesothelioma – a rare type of cancer that affects the membrane called the Pleura that covers the lungs. It also can affect the membranes around major organs as well (peritoneum).
Visit the CDC Website for more information: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/health_effects_asbestos.html