Community Service Announcement: ASPHALT = ASBESTOS

Every year over a half-million people are exposed to fumes from asphalt, a petroleum product used extensively in road paving, roofing, siding, and concrete work. Health effects from exposure to asphalt fumes include headache, skin rash, sensitization, fatigue, reduced appetite, throat and eye irritation, cough, and skin cancer. You can learn more about the dangers of Asphalt usage here: CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Asphalt contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH). This is a hazardous compound thought to have harmful effects on DNA structure. Rainwater that flows off rooftops may also contain toxic elements, such as lead and arsenic along with the PAH’s that leach out. AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)] is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members and approximately 3,400 local unions and 58 councils and affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. AFSCME has released this report which explains the dangers of Asphalt. Also, the CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has put out this report on the health effects of Asphalt exposure. Unlicensed Contractors using this product are poisoning the population. In Florida, it is a criminal offense to engage in contracting work or to act as a contractor without a valid Florida contractor’s license. Here is where you can check to see if a contractor’s license is valid: Contractor’s license check Here is a link to file a complaint in writing: file a complaint in writing More information on unlicensed activity can be found at: Unlicensed Activity

The number to file an environmental complaint with Broward County is 954-519-1499.
You can also fill out a complaint online by clicking here.
I hope this information is helpful to you.


Some alternatives to Asphalt roofing materials are Energy Star Certified products, and solutions that are eco-friendly, green, or sustainable are products such as Elastomeric Roofing Products, made by GAF (General Aniline & Film), TPO Roofing Materials, made by Johns-ManvilleGAF or Firestone, and products like Water-Based All White R400 manufactured to the highest standards in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA by All White Manufacturing.
**Historically, asbestos has been used as an ingredient in several different asphalt roofing products. In 1990, U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register (55 FR 5144, Feb. 13, 1990) identifying products made with asbestos. The Asbestos NESHAP regulation lists the following asphalt roofing products as possibly containing asbestos (40 CFR 61 Subpart M, Appendix A): Built-up roofing, Asphalt-containing single ply membrane systems, Asphalt shingles, Asphalt-containing underlayment felts, Asphalt-containing roof coatings and mastics, Asphalt-containing base flashings.

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