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Asbestos and Mesothelioma Facts, Information, and FAQs
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs (pleura), or around the abdominal organs (peritoneum).
What does asbestos have to do with mesothelioma?
The only known cause of mesothelioma in the U.S. is previous exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos manufacturers knew about the hazards of asbestos seventy years ago – but they kept this knowledge to themselves. The first warnings to workers exposed to asbestos were given in the mid-1960s, and they were terribly inadequate. Even today, workers are not always told they are working around asbestos and are at risk for asbestos disease.
Where can asbestos be found?
Asbestos is commonly used as an acoustic insulator, thermal insulation, fire proofing and in other building materials. Asbestos fibers are incredibly strong and have properties that make them resistant to heat. Many products are in use today that contain asbestos. Most of these are materials used in heat and acoustic insulation, fire proofing, and roofing and flooring. Some of the more common products that may contain asbestos include:
Cement pipes, HVAC Duct Insulation, Adhesives, Cooling Towers, Flooring Backing, Vinyl Sheet Tile/Flooring, Fire Curtains, Base Flashing, Roofing Felt, Decorative Plaster, High Temperature Gaskets, Acoustical Plaster, Fire Doors, Spackling Compounds,Caulking/Putties, and many more.
How can FASTRAK help?
FASTRAK Inc. is certified to obtain samples using the guidelines of NESLAP and the EPA. All samples are sent to a federally licensed chemical laboratory for analysis.