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Asbestos

“Asbestos" is the name of a group of similar minerals with separable, long, and thin fibers. Asbestos fibers are so small they cannot be seen. These tiny fibers are only dangerous if they are disturbed, causing fibers to float in the air and allowing them to be easily inhaled. Asbestos has long been recognized as a health threat to humans, because the fibers can be inhaled and are difficult to remove from the lungs.

To learn more about asbestos in Utah and how to become a Certified Asbestos Inspector, visit the Utah Department of Environmental Quality site.

For more information about health effects of asbestos, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site.

Salt Lake Valley Health Department registers Pre-Demolition Inspectors.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at (385)468-3862.