EPA guidelines on disposing home asbestos
Disposing asbestos materials
from one’s home should be the last option considered, according to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. That’s because disposing asbestos poses the
greatest risk of toxic fiber release into the air.
April 22, 2010 – Until the 1970s, many types of building products and
insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. If you are thinking of disposing
asbestos materials found in your home, usually the best thing to do is to leave
it alone, especially if the material is in good condition.
When asbestos materials are in good condition they will not release toxic asbestos fibers into the air. But if the
materials are old or physically disturbed, asbestos fibers may be released into
Asbestos exposure occurs when workers inadvertently inhale microscopic
airborne asbestos fibers while working with or disposing asbestos-containing
Asbestos materials that crumble easily when handled, or asbestos-containing
products that have been cut, scraped, sawed or sanded, are most likely to emit
toxic fibers into the air and create a work site health hazard.
Once embedded in lung tissue, asbestos fibers will remain there for decades
before symptoms of an asbestos disease like mesothelioma can be detected, and by then it is
usually too late for a complete recovery.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), disposing
asbestos from one’s home should be the last option considered. This is because
asbestos removal activities, such as disposing asbestos, pose the greatest risk
of fiber release.
Even doing minor home repairs yourself is not recommended, since improper
handling of asbestos materials can create a hazard where none existed.
Disposing asbestos is a very complex procedure and must be done only by a
contractor with special training. Improper removal may actually increase the
health risks to you and your family.
Weitz & Luxenberg – Workers' legal protector
The failure of companies to provide safety equipment or product warnings for
their workers has led to tens of thousands of job-related deaths, and is a
serious negligent act that courts assign liability to.
Thousands of retired workers diagnosed with a job-related asbestos illness
have filed asbestos claims against
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