Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was used extensively in the construction industry from the 1950s to the 1990s because of its high strength and resistance to heat, fire and chemical damage. It is found in over 3000 products including spray applied fireproofing, mechanical insulation, vermiculite, linoleum, floor tiles, drywall taping compound and a variety of other materials. Because it's found in so many common building products, it can be a danger hiding in plain sight in many homes.
When asbestos is disturbed during a demo or reno, it becomes a danger to everyone working on your property. Inhalation of asbestos contaminated air is a major health risk and can lead to serious and chronic health problems such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural thickening. From 2006 to 2015, 584 workers died in B.C. from diseases related to asbestos exposure, and more than 400 workers reported being exposed to asbestos in 2015. For information on Mesothelioma and the risks of do it yourself asbestos removal, please visit www.asbestos.com.
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