|How to Protect Yourself from Asbestos Exposure|
Asbestos exposure can lead to a myriad of serious health problems, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive and incurable cancer. Asbestos exposure can happen wherever asbestos is present: At home, a public building such as a school or government office, a war fought on foreign soil or on the job.
In fact, occupational exposure is the No. 1 cause of asbestos disease. That means roofers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, firefighters, auto mechanics, insulators, factory workers and many others are at a high risk of exposure.
Those who worked in construction, shipyards, power plants, oil refineries and steel mills also faced the likelihood of high asbestos exposure on the job.
U.S. military veterans were the most vulnerable of all — accounting for almost a third of all cases — because of the military’s past reliance on asbestos products, especially on Navy ships.
For much of the 20th century, until its long-term toxicity became well known, thousands of everyday products used asbestos because it was coveted for its heat resistance, versatility and tensile strength.
Here is 5 simple ways to protect yourself from asbestos exposure:
1. Use Protective Clothing
If you work in an industry that still handles or removes asbestos, you must ensure that you wear protective clothing at all times. This equipment will prevent you from contaminating your clothes andskin with asbestos fibres.
2. Wear a Protective Mask
These masks are extremely important when handling, or evening being near, asbestos. These masks willprevent the inhalation of the lethal asbestos fibres.
3. Remove Protective Clothing When Returning Home
Those that work in an environment contaminated by asbestos must change out of their protective clothing before returning home. This will prevent exposing others to the asbestos dust that remain on the protective equipment. Otherwise family and loved ones risk secondary exposure to asbestos through theparticles that remain on your work clothing, shoes and mask.
4. Keep Away From High Risk Areas
Avoiding places that pose a high risk of asbestos exposure is one of the most effective ways of protecting yourself. These places can include construction sites, shipyards, production facilities and boiler rooms. Avoid these places where possible to prevent coming into contact with asbestos fibres.
5. Enquire Before Buying Or Renovating A Building
Make sure enquire about the use of asbestos containing materials during construction before purchasing, renting or renovating a home or building. It could remain hidden in boilers, pipes, walls and ceilings. During repair or remodeling, these materials could be drilled or disrupted freeing asbestos particles.Removing or repairing these materials increases the risk of asbestos exposure as opposed to jut leaving them in place.
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