What is asbestos and why should you worry about it?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral with thin fibrous crystals. Inhaling asbestos fibers can be extremely dangerous and is known to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer primarily associated with asbestos exposure), and asbestosis. Asbestos-containing materials can be found in a wide variety of building materials including, but not limited to: linoleum, vinyl floor tile, insulation, joint compound (aka mudding), sheetrock, wall texture, sprayed-on fire proofing and acoustical applications, such as ‘pop-corn’ ceiling applications.
Many people are unaware that asbestos-containing products are still manufactured today and imported into the United States, yet many still go without asbestos testing. The significant health effects associated with asbestos exposure prompted the adoption of many regulations governing worker protection requirements, inspection requirements, etc. It's important that you take the precautions needed when dealing with asbestos because contact with the toxin can lead to health risks!
PEL wants to help you!
If you're concerned a material may contain asbestos, contact a licensed professional (licensing depends upon the state). They will collect and submit the samples for you or will ensure you're sufficiently protected (if you wish to collect samples yourself). Contact PEL at (877)-220-3528 to discuss how to submit a sample that may contain asbestos. Our lab will take the submitted sample and test it accurately, efficiently, and cost-effectively.