Asbestos testing consists of taking samples in accordance with Federal, State and
local authority from a building and performing bulk sample testing by a certified laboratory.
Why is Asbestos a hazard?
Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne
when distributed. These fibers get into the air and may become inhaled into the lungs,
where they may cause significant health problems. Researchers still have not
determined a "safe level" of exposure but we know the greater and the longer the exposure,
the greater the risk of contracting an asbestos related disease. Some of these health problems
Asbestosis - a lung disease first found in naval shipyard
workers. As asbestos fibers are inhaled, they may become
trapped in the lung tissue. The body tries to dissolve the fibers
by producing an acid. This acid, due to the chemical resistance
of the fiber, does little to damage the fiber, but may scar the
surrounding tissue. Eventually, this scarring may become so
severe that the lungs cannot function. The latency period (
meaning the time it takes for the disease to become developed)
is often 25-40 years.
Mesothelioma - a cancer of the pleura ( the outer lining of the
lung and chest cavity) and/ or the peritoneum ( the lining of the
abdominal wall). This form of cancer is peculiar because the only
known cause is from asbestos exposure. The latency period for
mesothelioma is often 15-30 years.
Lung Cancer - caused by asbestos. The effects of lung cancer
are often greatly increased by cigarette smoking ( by about
50%). Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract can also be caused by
asbestos. The latency period for cancer is often 15-30 years.
For testing or questions please call 909-392-2616 or email