Are All Products with Asbestos a Health Risk?
Most products that contain asbestos do represent a real health hazard; however, they do so only under certain circumstances. As fibers released by certain products are inhaled or ingested, they can lodge inside the body and produce scarring, inflammation, and cancers.
What products contain asbestos?Up until the 1980s, it used to be tough to avoid exposure to asbestos around the house, in industrial plants or vehicles, as asbestos had such an enormous number of applications because of its insulating, fire-retardant properties. Whether in drainage pipes or electrical wiring, in car brakes, clutches, and gaskets or the roofing, tiling or flooring of buildings, asbestos was pretty much everywhere you turned in the industrial world.
Since the 1970s, government-issued restrictions led to a decrease in the use of asbestos, as well as to a better regulation of its uses. However, many of the products and especially many of the buildings built before 1980 are still around, and anything from doing maintenance on vintage cars to breaking down old walls could expose you to the asbestos fibers released into the air.
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How can you protect yourself?If you haven't worked in the asbestos mining industry or the milling industry, in the Armed Forces, or been doing regular maintenance work on old equipment, you were probably not occupationally exposed to asbestos. Most of us do get some exposure to asbestos at some point in our lives, however not in doses high enough to create health problems.
If you feel unsafe dealing with potentially dangerous products, there are a few tips that minimize potential exposure to this toxic mineral.
o Spray products (except electrical ones) that you suspect or know might contain asbestos with sufficient water to prevent asbestos fibers from being released into the air
o Use protective clothing and masks when handling products that contain asbestos, and wash the clothing thoroughly afterward, without handling it directly.
o Cover all asbestos products with plastic sheets, tarpaulin, etc., to minimize rising dust.
o Do not allow children to enter any area that might contain asbestos fibers.
o Use wet vacuuming as much as possible.
o Do not enter closed spaces where asbestos might have been released without first airing space thoroughly.
o For massive asbestos products, use special removalists.
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