Asbestos is a generic name given to a fibrous variety of six naturally occurring minerals that have been used for decades in the development of thousands of commercial products. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. Asbestos has been used in many products, including insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes and textile products, and cement and wallboard materials.
From studies of people who were exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyards, we know that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to several types of life-threatening diseases, including lung cancer. The asbestos fibers have a tendency to separate into microscopic-size particles that can remain in the air and are easily inhaled. Although the use of asbestos and asbestos products has dramatically decreased, they are still found in many residential and commercial settings and continue to pose a health risk to workers and others.
The State of Michigan has an Asbestos Program and certifies asbestos professionals. LCDPH does not provide testing for asbestos or conduct inspections for private homes/businesses. LCDPH is available as an educational resource. For more information on asbestos or to obtain a listing of certified asbestos professionals, click on the documents and websites below.
Educational Brochures/Handouts for Asbestos
Additional Links for Asbestos
Livingston County Department of Public Health
email: Public Health Department
Public Health Phone 517.546.9850 FAX 517.546.6995
Environmental Health Phone 517.546.9858 FAX 517.546.9853
2300 East Grand River Avenue, Suite 102, Howell, MI 48843-7578
© 2002-2003 Livingston County Department of Public Health, Howell, MI
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