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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Exposure to Asbestos During Home Renovations

Asbestos has become quite the topic in recent years. Many construction workers have found that they were exposed to asbestos during renovation or construction jobs, and as a result developed serious health conditions like mesothelioma. Even worse, many of the loved ones and families of these construction workers have also been exposed to asbestos from particles brought home on construction workers' clothing. Because of the impact it has had on many unsuspecting families' health and well-being, class action lawsuits have been filed and other construction workers have been left wondering whether or not they should worry about future construction jobs or refuse jobs that work with construction.

Home renovations are often the biggest culprits of asbestos exposure now, as materials containing asbestos fibers and dust are exposed when parts of older homes are demolished, ripped down, and removed. Despite the dangers of it, asbestos is very rarely banned in certain construction materials. According to the EPA, asbestos can be found in a number of building materials, including:

-vermiculite attic and wall installations
-vinyl floor tiles and tile backing
-siding and roofing shingles
-patching compounds, textured paint found on walls and ceilings
-in protective materials installed around stoves that burn wood
-hot water and steam piping
-oil and coal furnaces
-door gaskets
-fabrics with heat-resistant properties

Asbestos exposure is a serious problem, and can cause a number of diseases. The three most common diseases resulting from exposure to asbestos are asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that adversely affects the abdomen, chest, heart, and the lining of the lungs. Asbestosis is a long-term lung disease that is non-cancerous but can still be severely impacting to your health. Asbestos exposure tends to manifest itself in the form of lung conditions because asbestos fibers are usually introduced to the body through inhalation. If great care is not taken when handling material with asbestos fibers in it, these adverse health effects can surface.  
 The Nova Group pays close attention when carrying out extensions and alterations to older style buildings and as soon as asbestos is detected they call in the licensed experts to remove and dispose of this dangerous material. 


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