Asbestos is the name of a group of similar minerals with separable, long, and thin fibers. These fibers are strong and flexible enough to be spun and woven, and are heat resistant. Asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings. Some vermiculite or talc products may contain asbestos.
Asbestos is a health threat to humans. However, asbestos fibers are only dangerous if they are disturbed (such as during building renovation or demolition), which causes fibers to float in the air, allowing them to be easily inhaled. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious lung problems and cancer.
If you think you have been exposed to asbestos call your doctor or other health care practitioner right away. Even if you don’t feel sick, tell your doctor that you might have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos in Vermont
The Vermont Department of Health works to protect the physical and environmental health of Vermonters from asbestos exposure, and to prevent public exposure to asbestos in workplaces, buildings and housing associated with asbestos abatement activity.
Through our Outreach Program we educate the public about state and federal asbestos laws. Through our Enforcement and Compliance Inspection Program we provide additional incentives to conduct renovation and demolition projects safely, and in compliance with regulations.
This web site provides fact sheets, information about renovation and abatement, regulatory requirements and forms, and national links for:
- Parents, Schools, and the General Public
- General Contractors and Professionals
- Building and Home Owners
For more information contact:
Asbestos and Lead Regulatory Program
Vermont Department of Health
P.O. Box 70, 108 Cherry St.
Burlington, VT 05402
800-439-8550 (toll free within Vermont)