Most people have been exposed to asbestos throughout their life span. While low levels of exposure are non-concerning, exposure on a regular basis are considerably dangerous. Most people with reported illness due to asbestos exposure report that they work directly with the material and have daily exposure. It is rare but not unheard of to have ill from environmental (low) amounts of exposure.
Why should I be concerned about this?
Exposure to asbestos causes an inflammatory condition in the lungs that cause scarring and shortness of breath. It is proven that long exposure is known to cause mesothelioma, which is rare cancer affecting the lungs or chest cavity.
Collecting specimen for testing in local laboratories
Always take a small sample of your testing material. Below are some helpful tips for collecting your sample.
1. Disposable dust mask (available at hardware stores) are to be worn when dealing with questionable material. 2. To prevent dust release, wet the material. 3. Using hand tools, collect your specimen. The suggested specimen size is 5-100g 4. Using a sealable plastic bag, place you specimen inside and make sure the bag is completely sealed. It is always suggested to put the plastic bag inside of another to ensure safety protocol is followed. 5. After bagging, touch up any paint from the removed area. To prevent any possible exposure from dust.
At home test kits (available in hardware stores)
While this sounds like the answer to our questions. This is not a valid option. This kit only provides collection supplies and step by step guides on collecting your own specimen. They will provide you with mailing information and how to ship your specimen to the appropriate location. It is much easier and faster to use an outside laboratory (such as Airsafe), when dealing with asbestos. Learn more aboutloose-fill asbestos taskforce come visit us at Airsafe.net.au.