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From the 1930 to early in the 1980s, asbestos was widely used due to its resistance to fire, sound and head. Unfortunately, asbestos is a very dangerous if its fibers are inhaled or swallowed. Victims have been diagnosed with several deadly illnesses such as mesothelioma, COPD and cancer.
Asbestos was widely used in several industries like:
Residential and Commercial Building
Fortunately, scientific improvements have led to the discovery of the relationship between asbestos and the health risks.
A naturally occurring mineral that is composed of soft and flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. These qualities make asbestos useful, but they also make exposure to it highly toxic.
Asbestos is a extremely effective insulator, and can also be used in cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to increase their strength. When asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, mineral fibers can become trapped in the body.
Over time, usually decades, trapped asbestos fibers can cause inflammation, scarring and eventually genetic damage. A rare cancer called mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is also known to cause other forms of cancer as well as progressive lung disease.
TYPES OF ASBESTOS
Many people will not realize that there are several types of asbestos. The term asbestos covers 6 naturally occurring fibers minerals, 4 are shown here.
Amosite asbestos or brown asbestos, is one of the most hazardous types of asbestos. Amosite is the second most used in North America with about five percent of asbestos materials used in buildings being Amosite.
Anthophyllite ranges from brown to yellowish in color and mainly contains magnesium and iron. A rarer form of asbestos, anthophyllite was not used as often in consumer products. Anthophyllite can be found in some cement and insulation materials.
Chrysotile is the most commonly used variety of asbestos, comprising 90 to 95 percent of asbestos used in buildings in North America. It can be found in ashphalt, cement, plastics, roofing material and rubber.
Also known as blue asbestos, is one of the most hazardous type of asbestos. Crocidolite is made up of extremely fine sharp fibers that are particularly easy to inhale. Crocidolite is so hazardous, it may be responsible for more illnesses and deaths than any other type.
If you’re living in a home was built before 1990 it may contain asbestos. Materials like drywall, texture coated ceilings, or vinyl flooring, there is a good chance that you are living with asbestos. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health issues and even death. Asbestos was widely used in B.C. as a building material until the early 1990s, and it can be present in many areas of older buildings.
- Asbestos is now banned in over 60 countries. The USA is not one of them.
- Exposure to Asbestos is the number 1 cause of work-related deaths world wide.
- Roughly 90,000 people die each year from asbestos related diseases.
- 27 million people were exposed to asbestos in the years from 1940 to 1979.
- 90% of Asbestos related deaths are workplace related.
- There is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
- Asbestosis cannot be cured.
- Even washing the clothes of a worker that is exposed to asbestos can put you at risk
Asbestos can be found in so many materials, we perform asbestos testing in every room of your building. Samples of materials we believe to potentially contain asbestos will be taken and test them at an off-site lab. Results will be back within 24 Hours and we will call you with the results. If your tests come back with asbestos, we will offer you abatement and removal options at this time.
Asbestos removal include identifying potential hazards, removing substances and materials. Fibers from asbestos are invisible to the naked eye. It is extremely important that a qualified expert be consulted when removing asbestos from buildings. Highmark Service Group has the expert team you need for asbestos removal services.
Highmark Service Group is:
Work Safe BC Certified
Insured & Licenced
Containment & Disposal Experts
We handle everything in our asbestos removal services including:
At the end of our testing, you will be provided with a full report on our findings. Included will be options for the safe removal of the asbestos.
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