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Understanding Asbestos: What You Need to Know for Health and Safety

At Eagle Mountain Hauling, we’re committed to ensuring your environment is safe and free from harmful materials. One of the most concerning substances we encounter during our junk removal operations is asbestos. Understanding what asbestos is, where it can be found, and how to handle it is crucial for everyone’s health and safety.

The History of Asbestos Use

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in various industries due to its durability, heat resistance, and insulating properties. From the early 20th century until the 1980s, asbestos was extensively incorporated into numerous products, ranging from building materials to household items and even children’s toys.

Common Asbestos-Containing Products

Despite the reduction in its use after its health risks became known, asbestos can still be found in many products today, particularly in older buildings and items. Here are some common products that historically contained asbestos:

- **Building Materials:** Asbestos was used in insulation, roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, cement sheets, and pipe insulation.

- **Automotive Parts:** Brake pads, clutch discs, and gaskets often contained asbestos due to its heat-resistant properties.

- **Household Items:** Hair dryers, ironing board covers, and certain types of paint and adhesive materials.

- **Children’s Toys:** Surprisingly, some children's toys and crayons were found to contain asbestos fibers, posing a risk during handling and play.

Recognizing Asbestos in Your Home or Business

Identifying asbestos-containing materials can be challenging because it’s often mixed with other substances. However, knowing the time periods and types of products that commonly included asbestos can help. Generally, if your home or business was built before the 1980s, there's a higher likelihood of asbestos being present in the construction materials.

The Importance of Proper Handling

Asbestos is hazardous when its fibers become airborne and are inhaled. This can happen during renovation, demolition, or even routine maintenance. Health issues associated with asbestos exposure include asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Given these risks, it’s essential to handle asbestos with care. Here are some guidelines:

- **Do Not Disturb:** If you suspect a material contains asbestos, avoid touching or disturbing it.

- **Professional Inspection:** Hire a certified asbestos inspector to identify and assess potential asbestos-containing materials.

- **Safe Removal:** If asbestos removal is necessary, it should be done by licensed professionals who follow strict safety protocols to prevent fiber release.

Our Commitment to Safety

At Eagle Mountain Hauling, we prioritize your safety. We work diligently to identify potential hazards and handle them appropriately. We also collaborate with experts to ensure that any asbestos-containing materials are managed safely and in compliance with all regulations.

For more detailed information about asbestos-containing products and the health risks associated with exposure, our friends at Lanier Law have shared a comprehensive guide. You can read it here:

Stay informed and stay safe. If you need assistance with junk removal or suspect asbestos in your environment, contact Eagle Mountain Hauling. We’re here to help you maintain a safe and healthy space. Call us at 844-465-8651 or book online.

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