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Asbestos exposure at home: Is it a possibility?

Many Minnesota readers may recall the ban the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed on asbestos in 1989. However, such readers may be unaware that the ban was lifted several years later. Many homes throughout the state pose asbestos exposure risks to household members and visitors, particularly homes built in the 1970s or earlier.

Asbestos is a compilation of microscopic fibers used in construction materials. There is no safe amount of exposure to asbestos. The problem is symptoms of exposure may not be immediately apparent. In fact, many people with asbestos injuries do not know of their conditions until years later when symptoms of illness develop.

There are certified inspectors and abatement specialists who can test a specific location for the presence of asbestos. Those who are certified may also conduct procedures to remove asbestos from a home. The risk of injury regarding exposure to asbestos increases the more materials containing the fibers are disturbed, which is why it is so important to contact a certified professional to remove it from a premises.

Licensing and regulations regarding asbestos inspection and removal vary by state. Any Minnesota resident with questions about liability or asbestos exposure litigation may request a meeting with a personal injury law attorney who has helped others navigate the process. Numerous terminal illnesses are associated with asbestos injury, and someone buying or renting a home has a right to be informed of any known asbestos-related problems that may exist. The same goes for the workplace, meaning employers are responsible for providing information, training and available equipment to keep employees safe on the job.

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