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Home Renovation Projects Lead to Increased Mesothelioma Rates


EMSL Analytical offers asbestos testing solutions to help prevent needless exposure to the fibers that cause deadly lung diseases and cancer.
Cinnaminson, NJ, September 6th, 2011
A new international study is shedding light on the health risks associated with asbestos and home renovation projects.  The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, has shown an alarming rate of asbestos-related diseases that can be correlated to exposure to asbestos from home renovation projects.
The research found that 35.7% of females and 8.4% of males with mesothelioma in Western Australia between 2005 and 2008 were attributable to asbestos exposure from home renovation projects.   Although this study took place in Australia, which banned asbestos in 2003, the significance of the study to people in the United States is clear.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been able to ban some asbestos containing products in recent years, but countless older homes still have many materials that contain asbestos.
According to the EPA, “Today, asbestos is most commonly found in older homes, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles.  Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air in homes, increasing asbestos levels and endangering people living in those homes.”
“This new research into asbestos related illness and its direct link to home renovations should open people’s eyes to the dangers associated with asbestos containing materials in our homes,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, a leading asbestos testing laboratory. “Fortunately, testing suspect materials before beginning home renovation projects has never been quicker and easier,” he continued.
EMSL has sponsored an online video to educate the public about asbestos dangers in the home.  It can be seen at:
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