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.