As someone who is concerned about being exposed to toxins on the job, something that you should know is that asbestos may still be a concern in some industries. While asbestos doesn’t normally cause problems right away, it has the potential to cause cancer and other illnesses.
Most people believe that asbestos isn’t used in products today because it’s a well-known carcinogen. However, the truth could not be further from that concept. In fact, you can find asbestos in many different products.
Which products contain asbestos today?
Some of the products that contain asbestos today include:
- Insulation products
- Body talc/baby powder
- Washers and dryers
- Automotive brakes
- Automotive clutches
- Floor tiles
- Joint compound
- Packing and gaskets
If you work with asbestos in any form, it is important to wear the right personal protective equipment. Failing to do so could lead to exposure. Though exposure isn’t a guarantee that you’ll fall ill later, it does greatly increase the risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses.
You need to understand the risks of asbestos exposure
Before you work with asbestos, it is essential that you understand the risks of being exposed. Asbestos fibers that are breathed in may embed into your lungs and the surrounding tissues. They could cause scarring over time and eventually lead to mesothelioma or other diseases. Even worse, loose fibers could come home on your clothing and expose your children or loved ones as well.
If you’ve been exposed and have developed an illness or suspect one, it’s important to look into options for pursuing compensation and the appropriate medical treatment that you need to work toward your recovery.