Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally-occurring fibrous minerals that are very strong, heat-resistant and extremely durable. Because of these properties, asbestos has been used to make a wide range of construction materials such as roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, insulation, adhesives, and cement siding; safety textiles; and friction products such as automobile clutch, brake and transmission parts.
What are the health effects of asbestos?
Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease as fibers become embedded and accumulate in lung tissue over time. There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos, so contact with any amount of asbestos should be avoided. Disease symptoms may take several years to develop following exposure. The most common asbestos-related lung diseases are: