Wednesday, January 21, 2009

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Information

Information on asbestos uses, health hazards, sources, cancer risks, physical proprties and more can be found at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website at

Some of the information on the site includes:

Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000

Asbestos has been used in building materials, paper products, plastics, and other products. Exposure mainly occurs in indoor air where it may be released from these materials. Effects on the lung are a major health concern from asbestos, as chronic (long-term) exposure to asbestos in humans via inhalation can result in a lung disease termed asbestosis. Asbestosis is characterized by shortness of breath and cough and may lead to severe impairment of respiratory function. Cancer is also a major concern from asbestos exposure, as inhalation exposure can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the thin membranes lining the abdominal cavity and surrounding internal organs), and possibly gastrointestinal cancers in humans. EPA has classified asbestos as a Group A, known human carcinogen.

For more informatio please go to USPEA website

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