Used in over 3000 products, asbestos is found in many construction applications from concrete to roofing material. Asbestos fibres were mixed into a variety of materials; products ranging from siding, fireproofing, duct and pipe insulation, vinyl asbestos floor tiles and many others Understanding the hazardous nature of asbestos is key to an effective asbestos abatement project.
Harbour City Environmental Services is committed to the safe removal and handling of asbestos. We are capable to take on hazmat projects of any size, anywhere. Whether low, moderate, or high risk, we can assist you in your project.
WHAT IS ASBESTOS
The term “asbestos” actually applies to six different naturally occurring silicate minerals. All of these forms of asbestos are made up of thin fibrous crystals, each of which are in turn made up of smaller crystal fibers commonly called “fibrils.” Asbestos has been used in over 3000 products, because it is naturally heat and chemical resistant, as well as being a poor conductor of electricity. Although Canada banned the use of asbestos in new products and new constructions in 2018, there are many older buildings and products with asbestos in them still in use. When left alone, asbestos is harmless. The problems start when the fibers are disturbed, which is always a risk when it is used in construction.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS?
Asbestos fibrils can become airborne, which means that they can be inhaled. A single exposure to asbestos fibers is not known to cause health problems, but prolonged exposure can pose serious risks. These health problems can be as comparatively simple as breathlessness, or they can be far worse.
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