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Asbestos is defined by the EPA as a set of six silicate minerals commonly used in commercial applications. The primary defining feature of these minerals is their long, thin fibrous structure. This unique profile, while helpful for myriad commercial uses, can create problems.
ADDITIONAL ASBESTOS INFO
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos refers to six minerals (chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite). The vast majority of commercial and industrial applications have used chrysotile asbestos.
The primary differentiating feature of asbestos is the shape of the fiber. Asbestos fibers are long, narrow, needle-like structures. This allows for easy respiration of the fibers, leading to potential lung damage.
IS THERE ANYTHING UNIQUE ABOUT
ASBESTOS TESTING IN SEATTLE?
Asbestos usage in residential and commercial buildings was generally ubiquitous throughout the country. Even today, most uses of asbestos are not banned. However, in the early 1980’s most manufacturers removed asbestos from common building materials.
Therefore, most asbestos concerns appear in homes and buildings constructed before this time frame. Because of this change, Seattle asbestos testing generally does not occur in newer suburbs such as Sammamish or the Issaquah Highlands.
WHAT ABOUT INDUSTRIAL ASBESTOS
PRODUCTION IN SEATTLE?
To our knowledge, asbestos mining has not occurred within the Seattle region. However, vermiculite, an insulation material containing asbestos, was produced or handled in numerous facilities throughout the Seattle area. The EPA lists all of these facilities as closed as of 2000.
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY
APPLICATIONS OF ASBESTOS?
Asbestos has been used commercially for thousands of years. The fiber was utilized in a variety of ways including newspapers, lamp wicks and even table cloths. However, full-scale production of asbestos did not begin until the early 19th century. During this era, asbestos fibers found their way into a variety of products including brake pads, insulation, ceiling tiles, etc. Before the deleterious health affects were understood, asbestos was widely praised for its flame resistance and durability.
Production of asbestos peaked worldwide in 1977 at just under 5 million metric tons. Since then, growing health concerns have led to an overall decline down to 2.3 million metric tons in 2005.
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