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Risks of Asbestos

Updated: May 25, 2021

The potential hazards of exposure.





What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a fibrous material made from a group of natural minerals found in rock. From the 1930's to the late 1980's, Asbestos was commonly used in building materials during construction. It can be found in drywall, pipe insulation, cement, flooring, and ceiling materials. Asbestos is no longer used in modern construction, due to the discovery that the Asbestos fibres can cause scarring in the lungs, lung cancer, and mesothelioma (a rare type of cancer of the lining of the body cavity). Although Asbestos is no longer widely used in construction, it can still be found in many older homes and buildings. If the building was built before the 1990's, then it is more likely to contain asbestos.

Who is at risk of asbestos exposure?

You are only at risk of asbestos exposure when the fibers are released into the air and breathed in.

If your home was built before 1990, then you are more likely to have asbestos in your home. It could be in the insulation wrapped around your furnace ducts or pipes, as well as in your floor tiles and other areas.

Asbestos only poses a potential health risk when it is disturbed, fraying or crumbling and fibers are released in the air. Asbestos fibers that are enclosed behind walls, isolated in attics, bound tightly in an intact product, or kept away from the interior environment of a home or building poses little risk.

Tests show that removing asbestos from older buildings can actually increase the risk of exposure and the quantity of asbestos fibres in the air if the proper precautions are not followed.

At Got-Asbestos we follow all the pre-caution and safety laws mandated by Work-Safe BC. The health of our client's home and family is our number priority. Safety is at the very core of our policy and safe work procedures.

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