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Asbestos / Lead / Cadmium Awareness
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that takes the form of hollow, microscopic fibers which are nearly indestructible. It can be densely packed into a tough, flexible and very useful material, which has been used for hundreds of years as an insulation, fireproofing, and building material.
There are three major types of asbestos used in building and industry:
Chrysotile, or white asbestos – used as insulation, fireproofing and soundproofing.
Amosite, or brown asbestos – used in high friction applications like brake shoes & clutches.
Crocilodite, or blue asbestos – not as common as the other two, but the most toxic form.
About 95% of all asbestos used in the U.S. has been chrysotile, the least toxic form of asbestos.
What is Lead?
Lead is a naturally occurring, heavy, bluish metal that has been used for centuries in a myriad of products. Lead is nearly indestructible and is not biodegradable. No known technology will destroy or render lead harmless.
What is Cadmium?
Cadmium, a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust, was discovered in 1817, but was not used commercially until the end of the 19th century. This soft, silver-white metal was first used in paint pigments and as a substitute for tin in World War I. Today, about three-fourths of cadmium is used as an electrode component in alkaline batteries, with the remainder used in pigments, coatings, and platings and as a stabilizer for plastics.
Workers in many industries face potential exposure to cadmium. The potential for exposure is highest among workers in electroplating, metal machining, plastics, ceramics, paint, and welding operations. The main exposure routes are through inhalation of dust and fumes and the incidental ingestion of dust from contaminated hands, food, or cigarettes.