Asbestos

Asbestos with a penny to show the size

Asbestos with a penny to show the size

Asbestos is the name used to group a class of naturally occurring mineral fibers that have been widely used in the industry and is associated with adverse effects on human health. Asbestos fibers have been widely used in industrial and commercial applications because of its strength, flexibility and electrical and heat resistant properties. Some examples of its applications include automobile brakes, insulation materials, vermiculite, cement, and talc. When the mineral fibers are handled, they can be released into the air and be inhaled, because of their microscopic size and fibrous nature, which can lead to asbestos accumulating in the lungs and causing respiratory illness. Exposure to asbestos has been associated with adverse health effects such as lung cancer, asbestosis  and mesothelioma.

Asbestos Resources

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NIOSHTIC-2 Search Results on Asbestos
NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.

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