Asbestos is found as a naturally occurring substance that is well known for its insulation properties. Before the harmful effects of asbestos were discovered, it was commonly used in various construction materials. Asbestos was often used in roofing, guttering, flexible building boards, cement sheeting, insulation, and other products such as clutches, brakes, and gaskets.
Asbestos primarily enters the body when breathed in. Therefore, asbestos-containing material is harmful only when fibers are released in the air that can be inhaled. If the asbestos is contained within a stable material, or if it’s in good condition, it poses little risk. However, if asbestos is friable — i.e., it can be easily crumbled by hand and released as fibers into the air — then it poses a serious health risk.« Continue »