Re: [cg] OFF: Dangers of Asbestos (?)
The main danger with asbestos comes when removing
it...................leave it intact.................. And if every
person who visits a school thinks they can just take some insulation from
a kiln because it might be asbestos, we are in great danger and great
expense to maintain what has already been purchased and pay for by tax
payers. Perhaps we could politely question the tour guide.........
On Wed, 24 Mar 1999 20:44:07 -0500 "kristina & bruce"
>From: Intergalactic Garage (by way of Lucy Bradley
>Date: Wednesday, March 24, 1999 6:39 PM
>Subject: [cg] OFF: Dangers of Asbestos (?)
>>Walking through an elementary school over the weekend, I was shocked
>>an open kiln that was insulated with (fluffy and loose) ASBESTOS.
>>heard that asbestos is still approved for use in kiln work, but I
>>that it's appropriate to have rather large quantities of asbestos in
>>open in an area where children play. On the other hand, I hear that
>>asbestos 'scare' has died down and was 'overrated.' Does anyone know
>>more about this?
>The 'scare' might have died down, since our attention span for such
>is pretty short, but exposed asbestos are a threat. You don't need
>panic, since the problems apparently come from chronic exposure, but
>concern is justified, because children and staff are there 180+ days
>year. You should ask school officials to explain the insulation,
>might not be asbestos and they might be able to document that. If you
>get a satisfactory answer (a good possibility) call the state
>Public Health or Department of Environmental Protection (or whatever
>called in your state). If they aren't as responsive as you would
>could send a sample to a lab for analysis (look under laboratories in
>Yellow Pages). If you can't afford to pay for analysis of the
>call nearby colleges with geology departments and see if any
>faculty or graduate students could analyze the material. I expect
>Environmental Protection Agency web page (I'm unsure of the address)
>lead you to some helpful information.
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