Asbestos equipment is made from a very toxic substance known as asbestos that poses great health hazards. Most homes built in the era between the 1940s and 1980s in most cases have asbestos components to them. It is therefore very important to know how to go about dealing with asbestos in order to avoid any health hazard that they may pose to you. Asbestos equipment is made from asbestos which can be said to be a fibrous material that is known to occur organically. Asbestos has been greatly prized for its impressive ability to resist fire and extreme heat, flexibility, durability and strength. It is possible to combine asbestos with cloth and other materials to come up with a variety of asbestos equipment that find uses in the automotive, residential, commercial and maritime fields. This was especially rampant in the mid 20th century. So important was it, that the US military actually used it in its navy ships. Asbestos is classified as a carcinogen. Any usage of asbestos equipment or exposure to the asbestos can lead to the inhalation of the material as it has microscopic fibers which are needle like especially when it is crushed or damaged and as a result lead to ravaging diseases such as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is cancerous in nature and affects body organ linings. Exposure to asbestos has also been found to cause asbestosis, pleural fibrosis and lung cancer. According to OSHA and EPA, there is nothing like a safe exposure level to asbestos especially when handling asbestos equipment.
Asbestos is widely used for insulation purposes. Asbestos can be used to make for making asbestos equipment and for a variety of purposes. Some of the well known applications of this carcinogenic substance include furnace door gaskets, steam pipe insulation, furnace & boiler ducts, coal stoves, cement sheeting, wood stoves, cement roofing, textured paints, soundproofing material, acoustical tiles, floor tiles, adhesives, vinyl sheet flooring and joint & patching compounds.
Do it Yourself home maintenance procedures, renovation or construction projects should be carried out very cautiously as asbestos may have been used in the construction of the building or appliances. Any asbestos in the building should be removed by experts. Should you suspect the presence of asbestos equipment or asbestos in the air, have professionals take air samples for analysis. In addition to this, any abatement involving asbestos should be undertaken by well equipped, trained and qualified contractors. Asbestos is only harmful once damaged. So avoid any brushing, removal or vacuuming of asbestos material.