Asbestos Exposure: What You Need To Know

Normal Lungs vs. Lungs with Asbestos-related Diseases

There are many dangers to asbestos exposure, so it is very important that you are aware of your surroundings and be sure to have an environmental consultant come in and assess your building. Here are some facts about asbestos and how you, as a building manager, can properly take care of your property from getting others sick.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of minerals with thin microscopic fibers. If disturbed, these fibers can be released into the air and if breathed in, it can cause severe lung damage. There are different forms of asbestos. Although all forms are considered hazardous, different types may be associated with different health risks.

Where is Asbestos found?

Due to health risks and federal regulations, asbestos is no longer allowed to be mined and used. However, as early as the 1800’s, it was used widely in the construction, automotive and commercial industries. Products that asbestos can be found in to this day are: paint, building materials such as ceiling and floor tiles, industrial plastics and coatings.

What are the health risks of asbestos poisoning?

  • Asbestosis - an inflammatory condition of lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and eventually scarring of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe.
  • Mesothelioma - a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, chest cavity or abdomen.
  • Lung cancer

If you are in need of a professional investigative survey to identify all asbestos containing material present in commercial areas planned for major renovations, call Jeff Bodell at ProActive Environmental TODAY!

Jeff is an EPA/AHERA/ DOL Accredited Asbestos Inspector with over 15 years of experience in both assessing and teaching asbestos management to the city of New York. Jeff can be reached at 917-620-5546 or via email at!