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The Ultimate Asbestos Quiz
by Staff
Asbestos, once seen as a miracle construction material and used ubiquitously, has been found to be a deadly and unwanted substance. It is now clear that asbestos exposure places you at risk for a variety of respiratory illnesses. Is asbestos a friend or foe? Take this quiz and learn more about asbestos.

Asbestos removal started in the:

  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s

When did the United States stop producing asbestos?

  • in the 1980s
  • in the 1990s
  • in the 2000s

Why is asbestos left inside some buildings and homes ?

  • It's dangerous to remove.
  • It causes no harm if undisturbed.
  • both of the above

Asbestos is a(n):

  • artificial, manmade substance
  • natural substance
  • substance found in space

Asbestos is dangerous to your health when:

  • you touch it
  • you inhale it
  • both of the above

Inhalation of asbestos can lead to:

  • inflammation of the lungs
  • respiratory disease
  • both of the above

How long do asbestos fibers stay in your lungs after inhalation?

  • about a week
  • several months
  • potentially forever

What does asbestos look like?

  • cotton candy
  • dust
  • yogurt

Asbestos is a natural substance that is:

  • heat resistant
  • very strong
  • both of the above

Which class of asbestos is most dangerous?

  • amphibole¬†asbestos
  • chrystotile¬†asbestos
  • both of the above

Why is amphibole asbestos more dangerous?

  • It stays in the lungs longer.
  • It causes more damage to the lungs.
  • both of the above

What non-construction product was manufactured with asbestos prior to 1980?

  • baby clothing
  • furniture
  • books

When was asbestos first used in manufactured products?

  • prior to the 1900s
  • 1920s
  • 1940s

When was asbestos banned from products in the United States?

  • 1982
  • 1989
  • 1995

Where is asbestos found in nature?

  • in rocks
  • in the ground
  • in plants and trees

Currently, what new construction products still contain asbestos?

  • acoustic insulation and fire proofing materials
  • roofing and flooring materials
  • both of the above

What older product typically contains asbestos?

  • cars
  • furniture
  • both of the above

What disaster caused airborne asbestos?

  • Hurricane Katrina
  • the fall of the World Trace Center
  • both of the above

The severity and onset of asbestos related illnesses depends on:

  • whether you smoke
  • duration of exposure
  • both of the above

What are the symptoms of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure?

  • coughing and chest pains
  • hoarseness and anemia
  • both of the above