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Asbestos

If you have additional questions about asbestos in your home, 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 its useful properties such as thermal insulation, chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength. Because of these attributes, asbestos has been widely used in many construction and industrial products, including insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes and textile products, and cement and wallboard materials.
Asbestos is made up of microscopic fibers that may become airborne when disturbed. These fibers get into the air and may become 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 in our daily lives, yet we do not develop these health problems. Asbestos related disease is related to greater exposures and longer exposures.

Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. It becomes a hazard when it becomes damaged or is disturbed and can release fibers into the air. Asbestos fibers are small and light and can be suspended in air for long periods. People who live or work near the disturbed asbestos containing materials may inhale the asbestos fibers into their lungs. Intact, undisturbed asbestos containing materials generally do not pose a health risk.
Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil. However, most people do not become ill from their exposure. People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material 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 labelled. The material must be sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional in order to determine whether it is asbestos containing material. 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 asbestos materials. 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.
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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.

The information provided above is from the Utah Department of Health's Center for Health Data IBIS-PH web site (http://epht.health.utah.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Fri, 18 August 2017 10:12:38 from Utah Department of Health, Center for Health Data, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://epht.health.utah.gov ".

Content updated: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:48:09 MST