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UER Forum > Rookie Forum > Asbestos, and Safety Hazards (Viewed 1340 times)
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Asbestos, and Safety Hazards
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Hello all! I went on my third Urban Exploring trip and was able to explore an abandoned Charter school in my area. I don't know much about asbestos and what other stuff to worry about. It was built in 2000, should I bother wearing a respirator? My friend also stepped on a giant flourescent lightbulb and popped it.. don't those contain mercury or something?

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If it was built in 2000, you don't have to worry about asbestos. They stopped using it around the early 1970s. A respirator still isn't a bad idea if there's mold or anything else you don't want to be breathing.




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Re: Asbestos, and Safety Hazards
< Reply # 2 on 8/9/2015 7:46 PM >
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Regarding asbestos, there's been many threads on the topic in the past:

http://www.uer.ca/...sp?threadid=104366 (cautionary tale)
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=108617 (Send4Help’s guide)

http://www.uer.ca/...d=1&threadid=62643 (Message from Asbestos Cancer Center)
http://www.uer.ca/...id=1&threadid=4637 (basics of asbestos)
http://www.uer.ca/...id=1&threadid=5866 (mesothelioma)
http://www.uer.ca/...id=1&threadid=7727 (asbestos)
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=108602
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=112043
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=104619
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=102824
http://www.uer.ca/...d=1&threadid=98241
http://www.uer.ca/...asp?threadid=85696
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=119116

As for the mercury, I don't know for sure, but I highly doubt breaking a fluorescent tube would expose you to a significant amount of mercury.




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i always think that its a good idea to have some sort of breathing protection no matter where you go. depending on the location, not alot of information could be provided or its history so you never know if theres mold, asbestos, etc in the air. oh, and closed toe shoes are always a good idea as well as long sleeved shirts and pants if the weather allows! makes it alot easier to get dirty and really explore.
have fun on your adventures and be safe!!



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< Reply # 5 on 8/13/2015 9:12 AM >
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Whilst it is a hazardous material, the risks of actually coming into physical contact with it in a dangerous broken state is relatively low. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have actually come across broken up asbestos in an abandonment, a lot of the time what people perceive to be asbestos is broken up suspended ceiling tiles or fibre cement sheeting.

In the short term, mould and bird guano is a much more real and dangerous threat than asbestos and you are far more likely to come into contact them on an everyday explore.




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