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How long do asbestos fibers remain in the air?

When it comes to asbestos, it’s not the total amount in an area that creates danger, it’s the amount that gets into the air. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that becomes embedded in human tissue when microscopic fibers are released to float into the air and are then breathed in. Once this happens, the air in the vicinity can be unsafe to breathe for a significant amount of time—days or even longer.

Because asbestos particles are microscopic, they have a lot of air resistance in proportion to their weight and float in air readily. In a still room, this means it can take 2 to 3 days for them to fall to the ground. in a place where air currents are present, that time can be much longer—there is no upper limit to how long they can stay in the air since the current may blow them back into the air even after they fall to the ground.

How long do asbestos fibers remain in the air?

In a building where asbestos removal has been performed or old asbestos has been damaged, the best way to ensure safety is for air testing to be performed. OSHA regulations limit exposure to 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter, although the amount in the air (even in a building with undamaged asbestos insulation) is much lower. the length of time fibers stay in the air can also be a concern outdoors in cases of natural disaster or when a building has been demolished; again, air testing is the best way to ensure the air is safe to breathe.

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How long do asbestos fibers remain in the air?

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