Asbestos Exposure – How Much Is Too Much?
Asbestos is a natural mineral found in the environment. It was extensively used in construction materials because of its durability and fire-resistant properties. It started getting banned when hundreds of cases of asbestos exposure leading to deadly cancer were reported.
The worst thing about asbestos is that there is no safe level of exposure. A microscopic particle is all it takes to develop severe complications in the lungs and lead to serious and untreatable illnesses.
Exposure to asbestos can be primary as well as secondary. Here are certain risk factors associated with asbestos exposure:
There are certain occupations which have a higher risk of exposure to asbestos than others because the work involves dealing with asbestos. The occupations which are considered as high risk include:
- Chemical plants
- Power plants
- Oil refineries
- Construction sites
- Demolition sites
- Furniture shops
The military has a higher risk of asbestos exposure than other professions because military vessels often have asbestos mineral for added durability and fire-resistance. This is pretty evident from the stats, as 30% of all mesothelioma patients are military veterans.
The secondary exposure is so dangerous, that ovarian cancer has been found in women who had husbands working in workplaces that have asbestos. This shows that secondary exposure can also happen to family members of the people who are working with asbestos.
Exposure at home
Asbestos exposure can also happen at home. Houses built before the 1980s still contain asbestos and family members getting exposed is still a possibility, especially when the asbestos material is disturbed.
Families need to be very careful when getting renovations in their old homes, as it is the most common reason for asbestos exposure.
Common places where asbestos is found include:
Vinyl floor tiles often had asbestos added in them to make them longer lasting. If the vinyl floor tiles start to crack, then family members are at risk.
Old roofing shingles often break when there is heavy rain, therefore, getting the asbestos shingles removed is always a good idea, regardless of the fact that they are in good condition.
Any old fire or heating insulation in the house is likely to have asbestos. If the insulation is worn out, it should be removed.
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