What is asbestos and how to reduce its hazards?

What is asbestos?

Naturally occurring minerals that a resistant to heat and corrosion are classified as asbestos. It is used in a wide variety of products such as insulation, floor tiles, construction equipment, and vehicle parts.

Asbestos Cancer

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Why is it dangerous?

Prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause a build up in scar like tissue in the lungs which in turn leads to a loss in lung function and ultimately disability or death. Because the effects are not immediately noticeable and it has been declared as a health hazard, OSHA and the EPA work together in regulating its use.

How do I protect myself from asbestos?

For specific regulations pertaining your industry, visit www.osha.gov. Training and educating your employees on the dangers of asbestos is a great place to start. Also, providing safe and regulated areas for your workers will help them be more aware.

 


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