The term asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring fibrous silicate materials. The three most common types of asbestos fibers – used around the world in a range of products – include Chrysotile, Crocidolite, and Amosite. Other types include Actinolite, Anthophyllite, and Tremolite. Chrysotile can be found in our homes and businesses – in roofs, ceilings, walls, floors, and in the insulation of pipes, ducts, and appliances.
All types of asbestos are considered hazardous to human health. Prolonged exposure can cause, or increase the risk of, at least two types of cancer:
- Lung Tissue Cancer
- Mesothelioma – cancer of the thin membrane which surrounds our internal organs
Asbestos can also cause asbestosis, pleural plaques, and cancer of the intestinal tract. 360Training’s HAZWOPER 40 Training Course helps identify and protect against such hazards at workplaces with a high risk for exposure to hazardous substances.