A cleanup to remove asbestos containing plaster from a veteran’s home in Illinois has recently taken place. The asbestos was discovered when work was taking place to fit a new call light system in August at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.

Asbestos was found in the plaster at the thirty eight bed unit. Asbestos containing material fell from the ceiling while work was being carried out. As a result the installation of the call light system had to be halted whilst experts in the field removed the contaminated plaster in hazardous materials suits.

Jessica Woodard, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, said: “When we closed down the unit, we sent in a team to conduct tests of air quality and the plaster material that had fallen to the floor.”

She added: “The tests found no trace of asbestos in the air. We did find that the plaster that fell did contain asbestos fibers and a two-day cleanup operation began this morning.”

Exposure to asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

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