Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were once used widely in insulation, brake pads, and other products. All new uses have been banned since 1989 because asbestos is known to cause lung problems, including cancer, decades after high exposures. Children are not typically at risk for these diseases because they do not work in industrial settings; however, some home and school construction projects can disturb old asbestos. Appropriate construction practices and avoidance of known sources of asbestos, along with avoidance of tobacco smoke, are the best ways to avoid unnecessary risk to children.
- Suffolk County Department of Health Services, on asbestos
- Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Office of Water Resources
- New York State Department of Health on asbestos
- New York State Department of Health, on dust
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on general air quality
- Nassau County Health Department, on asbestos
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygeine, on asbestos
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
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