Between World War II and the 1970s, asbestos was widely used to make ceiling tiles heat-resistant. While asbestos in construction materials is not currently banned in the U.S., it is not typically used in new construction because of liability issues and health concerns. However, asbestos ceiling tiles are still present in thousands of buildings, including residences and schools.
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What’s the problem?
Unfortunately, asbestos ceiling tiles were used for much of the 20th century. That is, until the 1970s when the government began issuing warnings and guidelines concerning the use of asbestos products. Ceiling tiles can often be found in many older structures, including schools, office buildings and homes.
Ceiling tiles typically use a type of asbestos called amosite as a fire retardant, as well as another type of asbestos called chrysotile. Asbestos cannot be visually identified in ceiling tiles, but a simple rule is to assume that all ceiling tiles installed before 1981 contain asbestos fibers. It is not recommended that homeowners remove ceiling tiles in older houses without first sending a sample to be tested for asbestos fibers. If the ceiling tiles are intact and undamaged, there is less health risk than if the ceiling is damaged, because ceiling tiles will not release asbestos fibers unless they are damaged in some way. If a ceiling is drilled, broken, sawed, or removed, it may release asbestos fibers, so asbestos management practices must be employed if it is determined that ceiling tiles contain asbestos.
Anyone who attended or worked in a school that had asbestos ceiling tiles may also have been exposed. Such exposure may have occurred if the repair or replacement of these tiles was done improperly. A number of different companies manufactured asbestos-containing ceiling tiles and some are clearly marked and easy to identify. Others are not so easy to spot, so caution should always be used when removing old ceiling tiles that may contain asbestos.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
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