Asbestos is a mineral fiber that can be found in rock and soil. Asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials. It is commonly used for insulation and as a fire retardant, because of its fiber strength and heat resistance. It can also be found in a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials, friction products, heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings. Exposure to asbestos is a health concern because it increases your risk of developing lung disease. Generally, exposure to asbestos leads to a greater chance of developing harmful health effects (EPA).
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