Monday, May 21, 2007

Asbestos Lurks on CSUN Campus

At California State University, Northridge, 21 buildings have been identified to have asbestos contained materials within them.

Twenty-one buildings on campus have asbestos in their tile floor, thermal pipe insulators, or other forms of pipes. Notices have been sent out to faculty members and notification letters have been placed by the entrances each of the buildings. Areas with asbestos-contaminated pipes have stickers or placards on them to identify the asbestos.

If a person comes into contact with asbestos fibers, it can be brought home with them, by remaining in their shoes, clothes, skin and hair, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, it could take 10 to 40 years or more for an asbestos-related problem to pop up.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department has no plans to remove the minerals any time soon. In its current condition, the asbestos-containing material, supposedly does not pose any health risk. The asbestos poses a serious health risk when it is deteriorating, disturbed, or damaged.

Have you been exposed to asbestos in the workplace and want more information? Read more on asbestos exposure.

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