Asbestos Continues to be a Major Concern across the Mid-Atlantic

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Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

Sussex Environmental Health Consultants provides asbestos surveys and abatement consulting services to ensure building occupants are not exposed to the deadly fibers. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber mined from the Earth.  During much of the last century it was regularly added to building products to increase strength, provide corrosion resistance and to provide insulation and fire resistance. 

If materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers may be released into the air.  If inhaled by a building’s occupants it can increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory diseases such as asbestosis. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “Check material regularly. If you suspect it may contain asbestos, don't touch it, but look for signs of wear or damage such as tears, abrasions, or water damage. Damaged material may release asbestos fibers. This is particularly true if you often disturb it by hitting, rubbing, or handling it, or if it is exposed to extreme vibration or air flow.”

Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC (SEHC) is an environmental, health and safety (EHS) consulting firm located in Delaware that has decades of experience protecting building occupants from the dangers of asbestos exposure.  SEHC services businesses and property owners in the Mid-Atlantic region and even though asbestos has been banned from most materials in the United States, its past use is still a major health concern.

“Not only is asbestos still found in homes, offices and industrial facilities, but asbestos tainted vermiculite insulation was used in up to 35 million homes across the country,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of SEHC.  “Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers increases the risks of developing deadly and debilitating diseases.  The amount and type of asbestos fibers inhaled also impacts occupants’ health risks and the only way to know for sure if there is an exposure risk is to have the indoor air and any suspect materials tested,” she continued.

To learn more about Sussex Environmental Health Consultants or environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ) and health and safety services please visit http://www.sussexenvironmental.com/, email susan.white@mchsi.com or call (302) 947-1810.

 

About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC

SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services.  The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide.  SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.

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