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Asbestos

If you have additional questions about asbestos, please contact Mark Jones at markejones@utah.gov or call (801)538-6191.
Asbestos is a generic name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally and have been mined for useful properties such as thermal insulation, chemical stability, and resistance to breaking under tension. Because of these attributes, asbestos has been widely used in construction and industrial products, including insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes, textile products, cement and wallboard materials.
Asbestos is made up of microscopic fibers that may become airborne when disturbed. These fibers get into the air and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they may cause significant health problems. Some of these health problems include asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. The latency period for these health problems can be 15-40 years.
Most people are exposed to small amounts of asbestos daily. It is possible for asbestos exposure to occur without ill health effects. Greater and longer exposures are linked to asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. It becomes a hazard when damaged or disturbed asbestos fibers are released into the air. Because they are so small and lightweight, the fibers can be suspended in air for long periods of time and inhaled without knowing. Intact, undisturbed asbestos-containing materials generally do not pose a health risk. For instance, a popcorn ceiling that has been painted over.
Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil. Most people do not become ill from small amounts of exposure. People who become ill from asbestos are typically exposed to it on a regular basis- most often in a job where they work directly with it, or through substantial environmental contact.
If you think you may have asbestos in your home, leave the material alone. You cannot tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labeled. The material or area in question must be sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional in order to determine whether it contains asbestos. Taking samples yourself is not recommended because if it is done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Before you remodel your house, find out whether asbestos materials are present.

Asbestos professionals are trained in handling it. They can conduct home inspections, take samples of suspected material, assess its condition, and advise about what corrections are needed and who is qualified to make these corrections. Asbestos professionals are trained in handling it. They can conduct home inspections, take samples of suspected material, assess its condition, and advise about what corrections are needed and who is qualified to make these corrections.
No data available for asbestos.
The links listed below redirect you to health assessments that have been conducted in Utah that are relevant to asbestos. The Utah APPLETREE program at the Utah Department of Health is responsible for evaluating and responding to environmental public health issues in Utah. For more information, please visit the Utah APPLETREE website.

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Content updated: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:40:46 MDT