Asbestos floor tiles, a common feature in buildings constructed before the 1980s, contain asbestos fibers for added strength and fire resistance. However, these fibers pose serious health risks if disturbed. Asbestos is linked to various diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, due to the inhalation of tiny, airborne fibers.
Recognizing asbestos tiles is crucial for safety. These tiles typically measure 9×9, 12×12, or 18×18 inches and may appear in older buildings. If the tiles are in good condition – intact and undamaged – they pose less of a threat. However, any plan to modify, remove, or otherwise disturb these tiles increases the risk of fiber release.