Garden Grove, CA, October 11th, 2010
This summer it was reported that a multipurpose room at a Berkley, California elementary school has been exposing teachers and children to potential asbestos hazards. The room in question had previously had carper runners covering a large broken seam in a linoleum floor, but beginning in January the runners were removed most of the time.
With the floor runners removed the cracked and flaking flooring near the old linoleum floor seam allowed asbestos containing materials to be disturbed during normal school activities. When asbestos containing materials become disturbed it allows the asbestos fibers to become airborne which can then pose a risk to the building inhabitants.
The risks of developing lung cancer from asbestos exposure increases with the amount & type of fibers inhaled. Smokers also have an increased risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibers as compared to nonsmokers. Diseases caused by asbestos may not appear until 20 to 30 years after the asbestos exposure occurred.
Asbestos from building materials in indoor environments is heavily regulated. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act all public school districts are required to monitor for asbestos. Custodial staff are required under the act to be given asbestos awareness training, but in the case of the asbestos containing flooring at the Berkley school it was a teacher that raised awareness of the problem.
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