Posted on September 28, 2022
October 4th — Part One: Prevent Asbestos Exposure
October is Health Literacy Month and at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), that means driving our prevention initiatives with an even stronger force. Everyone should know the Irrefutable Facts about how to protect your loved ones from asbestos exposure, because until researchers find a cure, the only way to stop asbestos-caused diseases is to prevent asbestos exposure.
While the chlor-alkali industry is the primary importer and user of asbestos today, asbestos was widely used in building materials from the 1950s to the 1980s and still poses a significant threat, especially for those living in older homes. ADAO recommends increased awareness when refurbishing or repairing homes, schools, and buildings built before 2000, as materials could contain asbestos. If you suspect that your home or workplace has asbestos-containing materials, do not continue with any DIY projects or attempt to remove the asbestos on your own. ADAO believes so fervently in prevention that we’ve built the website kNØw Asbestos, a one-stop resource guide for you to learn about asbestos and what to do about it.
This week, we will highlight asbestos exposure prevention in the home, school, and workplace. Please, take a few moments to read and share the important facts below.
- Always remember that asbestos is a known carcinogen that has not been banned in the US.
- Understand where asbestos might be in your home, school, and workplace.
- Review the EPA’s “Asbestos Dos and Don’ts” for the Homeowner.
- Never test, remove or even sweep up asbestos yourself! Contact your EPA regional office for a list of licensed asbestos professionals in your area.
- Refer to ADAO’s kNOw Asbestos website for detailed prevention information.
If you have any reason for concern, visit www.epa.gov/asbestos/ for more information, call the EPA’s Asbestos Ombudsman at 800-368-5888, or contact the Environmental Information Association (EIA), a multidisciplinary non-profit association, for testing and abatement inquires.
The EIA published their revision to the EPA’s 1985 document “Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings” (EPA 560/5-85-024), affectionately known as the “Purple Book” because of the color of its cover. Get your copy today at www.eia-usa.org.
For more information about asbestos exposure at home, download our one-page flier: “Identifying Asbestos in Your Home.”
As we say at ADAO, “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.” Thank you for joining us and sharing this life-saving information during Health Literacy Month.