While wearing a P100 respirator in a room sealed off with plastic sheeting (painter's drop cloth plastic sheets) as I was removing some broken asbestos tiles, not knowing better, I ripped up a 4x8 piece of ancient VINYL SHEET that lay in one corner of the room, utterly splitting the paper backing so that half of it came up with the vinyl while the other half remained glued to the floor. I had no idea the cardboard-looking backing could also contain asbestos. Assuming it contains asbestos, am I up the creek in terms of contamination? How long does it take to settle out of the air so I can mop it all up? Is my house a hazmat site? Can I clean it up or do I need the guys in the spacesuits? How much risk exposure does a 4x8 piece torn out in this manner represent.
Stressed and in need of good advice. Tomh? Anybody?
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