Do you have concerns about asbestos in your home, property, or workplace?
Asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma are primarily related to inhalation (breathing) of asbestos fibers that have become airborne. Less commonly, gastrointestinal diseases can be caused by ingestion of asbestos fibers.
Asbestos fibers in the air are not visible to the naked eye, and there is no odor, no irritation, and no other tangible sign of current or recent exposure. Asbestos related diseases typically have long latency periods – therefore, an individual may continue to experience harmful exposure to asbestos for decades without any medical warning signs. Only sophisticated air sampling and analysis using microscopic methods can detect the presence of asbestos fibers.
The mere presence of asbestos materials in a building should not produce airborne fibers as long as the material is maintained in a secure wrapping or binder and otherwise maintained in good condition. Release of asbestos into the air in occupied areas must be carefully avoided. Exposures to asbestos in buildings may occur upon wear or damage and is often due to improperly handling the material and permitting fibers to become airborne. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers may enter the lungs and remain there indefinitely.
Common contexts for asbestos inspections by ChemScope:
- Improper disturbance
- Water or fire damage
- Pre-existing damage
- Legal proceedings and investigations
- PCM and TEM air sampling
- PLM and TEM dust sampling
- PLM bulk sampling
- AHERA inspection for K-12 schools
Contact ChemScope for custom asbestos inspection needs.