Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fiber. It is used in building construction for its strength, fire resistance, and insulation properties. Many asbestos products have been banned, and manufacturers have voluntarily limited use of asbestos in many products due to risks of lung disease. In the United States, mining asbestos has ended, but asbestos is still present in older homes and buildings and some products still contain it. Asbestos occurs in the environment, both naturally and from the breakdown or disposal of old asbestos products.

Disturbing asbestos minerals or other asbestos-containing materials can release tiny asbestos fibers, too small to see, into the air. Workers and others who breathed asbestos fibers over many years have developed asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis, pleural disease, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Some of these diseases can be serious or even fatal. When renovating, homeowners should contact a licensed Michigan Asbestos Abatement Contractor which can be found on the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) website. 

Last Modified February 26, 2024

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