The EPA is concerned that consumers could be exposed to the dangerous mineral fibers
when doing renovations, and is working to determine the extent of the threat to the public.
Produces a line of processed mineral fibers
known as PMF (registered) Mineral Fiber
are fibers made from either natural or synthetic minerals.
KEYWORDS: asbestos, knowledge gaps, mineral fibers
, mode of action, research needs.
It has become increasingly evident to us at ElderCare that ceiling panels made from man-made mineral fibers
, such as asbestos, are a health hazard, contributing to respiratory illness, as required federal government labels indicate.
Additionally, when these individuals are exposed to asbestos or similar mineral fibers
, their risk of developing mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the chest and abdomen, may be markedly increased, the report said.
The USGS scientists employed various technologies to study the mineral fibers
. They report that although the naturally occurring fibers that they collected in El Dorado Hills, Calif., "do not meet the [structural] definitions of commercial-grade asbestos" these fibers do qualify chemically and in other ways as asbestos--and are potentially toxic.
Lapinus Fibres BV has developed CoatForce[TM] fibers, high-alumina, low-silica mineral fibers
for use in the coatings industry.
Short mineral fibers
, such as those used in fiberglass, ceramics, and mineral wool, have been characterized as possible carcinogens, skin irritants, and have been involved in human airway dysfunctions.