Many people think of asbestos abatement as an old, pay-it-no-mind issue and are surprised to find out that it is indeed still a very serious risk to public health. That’s especially true here in Allegheny County, where air quality regulators continue to issue asbestos abatement violations to public and private entities bucking the regulations put in place to protect public health.
While asbestos does not pose a health risk when left undisturbed during renovation or demolition, however, it’s common for old, brittle asbestos products to release tiny fibers. These tasteless, odorless fibers can remain suspended in the air and enter your lungs when you inhale. And once inhaled, asbestos stays there forever.
Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can cause some serious health issues including asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and pleural disease.
That’s why GASP is hosting a FREE lunch and learn program Safe at Home: Understanding Common Environmental Hazards Oct. 25 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Squirrel Hill. The event will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Our hope is that it will provide valuable insights into identifying and minimizing environmental hazards in your home - our expert speakers will cover topics such as indoor air quality and exposure to asbestos, lead, and radon.
Our panelists include:
Rhett Major, The Energy Doctor and inspector
Heath Papinchak, MPH, PhD, CPI, Welcome Home Inspections
Nesta Bortey-Sam, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Pitt
“Please secure your tickets ASAP - you'll learn practical tips and strategies to create a safer and healthier living environment for you and your loved ones,” Program and Education Manager Laura Kuster said. “And we’re focusing on issues relevant in our own region.”
Bring your questions and appetite because lunch will be provided. Reserve your spot today!