How is Asbestos Safely Contained?
Older homes and buildings were likely built with asbestos-containing materials. When these buildings
are renovated, construction teams follow specific safety procedures to either remove the asbestos-containing
materials or take steps to secure the asbestos so that it does not escape into the air.
Sometimes, attempting to remove the asbestos is a much more dangerous option than simply leaving it
in place. Since the dangers of asbestos occur by inhaling it, certain removal methods can actually increase
the risk of inhalation by releasing many more particles into the air than would have been released had
the material simply remained in place. Trained workers can use a variety of methods to contain asbestos
so that it can exist safely in buildings without presenting a health threat to occupants and workers.
The makeup of the asbestos-containing material determines the most effective procedure to use.
Asbestos-containing materials can be sealed by carefully applying paint or another seal to the surface
of the material. When the paint or seal dries and hardens, the asbestos dust becomes trapped beneath
In some settings, an asbestos-containing material is enclosed within another structure. For example,
workers might construct a wall so that the asbestos cannot escape into the outside air.
Workers can coat an asbestos- containing material with a substance that soaks in, dries, hardens, and
keeps loose fibers from being released.
If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, contact the
mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955 to discuss your legal options.