Asbestos is only dangerous when it becomes disturbed and gets in the air. This is commonly referred to as friable asbestos, while asbestos still intact is referred to as non-friable asbestos. Friable asbestos has become airborne and human lungs are susceptible to breathing it in. Research has not yet determined what a safe level of exposure to asbestos is, but one thing is known for certain: the more prolonged the exposure to asbestos, the greater the risk becomes for developing an asbestos-related disease.
Exposure to asbestos is often compared to smoking cigarettes. The more cigarettes you smoke, the greater the danger of developing lung cancer becomes. Likewise, the more you are exposed to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing an asbestos-related disease. For this reason, asbestos poisoning is often called an occupational hazard disease because people who work with it are the most at risk for developing mesothelioma.
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