Asbestos is a deadly carcinogen, no amount of exposure is safe. Asbestos causes cancer of the lung lining and other deadly diseases. Asbestos lung disease is called Mesothelioma, and it kills an average 15,000 people a year in America. Asbestos fibers are strong, resistant to heat and many chemicals, and don’t conduct electricity. Due to these qualities, asbestos was used as an insulating material for hundreds of years.
Inhaled asbestos fibers is a common way to be exposed. Although not as common today, asbestos was frequently used during the early part of the 20th century and, as a result, asbestos inhalation is still a risk.
Preventing Asbestos Inhalation
Asbestos risks can be found everywhere, but you can protect yourself and your family from exposure.
Every employer should follow all OSHA regulations for hazardous materials. But take your own precautions and report unsafe working conditions.
- Inquire at work about any asbestos-related health risks.
- Wear protective gear when you may disturb asbestos.
- Leave work clothes at work that may contain asbestos particles.
- Dispose of asbestos materials according to all government regulations.
Asbestos exposure occurs when homeowners do renovations that disturb it. If tackling home improvement projects, watch out for the following:
Some of the in-home items that may contain asbestos are: attic insulation, shingles and tar, drywall and popcorn ceilings.
- In older homes, don’t perform renovations where asbestos may be present.
- Never remove asbestos yourself. Get a professional abatement specialist.
- Exposure may occur when you attempt to tear out contaminated products, especially if you cut, saw, sand or drill them.
At School and Public Buildings
Schools built from 1950 to 1969, likely contain asbestos because it was a common construction material. Request to see your children’s school management plan. And, keep an eye out for asbestos-containing materials, including:
- Damaged drywall or plaster
- Deteriorated tiles, roofing or ceiling panels
- Chipped paint
- Old heating or A/C
- Run-down steam pipes or boiler insulation
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