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James Newton, PE
Asbestos is the generic term for a group of naturally occurring, fibrous minerals with high tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to heat, chemicals, and electricity. Asbestos is found in installed products, such as sprayed-on fireproofing, pipe insulation, floor tiles, cement pipe and sheet, roofing felts and shingles, ceiling tiles, fire-resistant drywall, drywall joint compounds, and acoustical products. Because very few asbestos-containing products are being installed today, most worker exposures occur during the removal of asbestos and the renovation and maintenance of buildings and structures containing asbestos.
Asbestos fibers enter the body when a person inhales or ingests airborne particles that become embedded in the tissues of the respiratory and digestive systems. Exposure to asbestos can cause disabling or fatal diseases such as asbestosis, an emphysema-like condition; lung cancer; mesothelioma, a cancerous tumor that spreads rapidly, in the cells of membranes covering the lungs and body organs and gastrointestinal cancer. The symptoms of these diseases generally do not appear for 20 or more years after initial exposure.
To protect workers from asbestos exposure, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a standard for protecting workers working in and around asbestos.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
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