Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that have been mined and used since ancient times because of its superior insulating and fireproofing properties. Its main commercial use was as a building material but has now been outlawed in over 60 countries because it can cause lung cancer and other diseases if inhaled.
The first documented use of asbestos was 4000 years ago by the Ancient Egyptians for beehives.
In November 1973, The U.S Department of Labor banned new construction projects from using asbestos as an ingredient in insulation materials due to the risk associated with this substance.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report in 1989 that demonstrated asbestos was responsible for approximately 10,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone, or 15% of all cancer deaths.
In 1991 India banned the use of asbestos in any products requiring fireproofing or insulation altogether due to its devastating health effects.
Asbestos fibers are most commonly found in building materials such as insulation battting, ceiling tiles, plasterboards and wallboards, floor tiles, drywall joint compound and pipe covering compounds. Any items that are older than 1980 are highly likely to contain asbestos so it is important to have them tested if you are unsure whether they contain this substance or not.
If you are concerned about asbestos in your home, buying a house, or looking to do renovations and want to comply with local asbestos regulations please don't hesitate to contact us at (877) 777-4920. Allab is a fully certified laboratory, providing asbestos testing services since 1980. We are looking forward to helping you with any asbestos concerns!