Asbestos Exposure in the Home
The majority of home building products manufactured today do not contain
asbestos, however, this is not the case for those products manufactured
prior to the mid 1970s. Many people remodeled or removed these products
themselves, often without adequate protection. In the course of this work,
products were cut, torn, sawed, scraped, sanded or had deteriorated to
the point where dangerous fibers were released into the air and inhaled.
Following are some common products which were used in older homes.
- Steam pipes, boilers and furnace ducts insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape.
- Resilient floor tiles made of vinyl asbestos, asphalt
and rubber; backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives used in the installation process.
- Cement sheets, millboard and paper used as insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves.
- Door gaskets found on furnaces, wood stoves and coal
- Soundproofing or decorative materials sprayed on walls and ceilings.
- Patching compounds, joint compounds and textured paint used on walls and ceilings.
- Asbestos cement roofing, shingles and siding
- Artificial ashes and embers for
use in gas fireplaces.
In addition, many lung cancer and mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos in their
homes because someone in their family brought home the fibers from work.
For instance, the children of asbestos workers have been diagnosed with
mesothelioma. They were exposed when their fathers came home with asbestos
dust on their clothing.
Home Asbestos Resources
Sources of Indoor Air Pollution - Asbestos
Government's Consumer Factsheet on Asbestos
News Stories about Asbestos Exposure in the Home
Schools Receive Fines from EPA
How to ease suffering for victims of asbestos
(opinion piece from The Herald of Scotland)
Study suggests mesothelioma is linked to asbestos
Feds investigate deadly ore shipped to Dallas.
Even today, asbestos all around.
Libby, Montana, site of asbestos mine, devastated
by health problems.
Up to 30% tested in Libby Montana hurt by asbestos
Dearborn Asbestos is in Insulation, Potting
Dearborn Michigan Factory Spewed Asbestos
Government Issues Warning on Asbestos in Insulation.
call for public education on hazards of asbestos.
Research Triangle Institute finds confusion on how
to identify and analyze asbestos
Canada on Asbestos