Asbestos: What is it?
Editor: Brandon West
Profession: Brayton Purcell LLP
November 08, 2006
By Brandon Smith
Category: Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Asbestos is the common name for a group of fibrous silicate minerals that is primarily used for thermal insulation and stability in many industrial products including, but not limited to, flooring products, textiles, cement, brake linings, fire proofing materials, insulated products, and various other building materials. Once these asbestos containing materials are disturbed or damaged, usually during the manufacturing process, microscopic bundles of fibers are released into the air. Once airborne, these fibers can be inhaled or swallowed by those near and around them ultimately causing serious health problems and concerns. The most notable health problem associated with asbestos is its link to a deadly form of cancer called Mesothelioma.
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