It seems like asbestos is everywhere. Unfortunately, some of the places it is present cannot be avoided. You might be at risk for asbestos exposure within your own home, at your job, or on vacation. Where are some of the places asbestos might be lingering? Let's take a look:
Public Tourist Sites
Recently, it was revealed that asbestos had been present at Stonehenge, located in England. The popular tourist attraction was undergoing landscaping changes when asbestos-containing topsoil was dropped off at the site. Some of the pieces of asbestos were reported to be as large as bricks. The topsoil has been removed from Stonehenge by contractors.
In the Home
Many older homes contain asbestos-containing materials, including vinyl floor tiles, spray-on insulation, pipe wrapping, and more. Homeowners can come into contact with dangerous asbestos fibers when these products begin to break down over time. Exposure can also happen during a renovation or remodel. Getting your home tested for asbestos before beginning renovations is always a good idea.
On the Job
There are more than a few trades at risk for asbestos exposure on the job. Construction workers, plumbers, and even teachers are at risk for coming into contact with raw asbestos fibers while at work, day after day. Prolonged exposure can lead to debilitating diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Take a look a more occupations at risk for asbestos exposure on the job over at Asbestos Network.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in any of these locations, it would be wise to share your worries with a medical professional who can accurately monitor your respiratory health. While the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can take years or decades to develop, catching the disease early on it the key to living a longer, healthier life.
Depending on their situation, those that are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases and their loved ones are often compensated for costly medical bills, time lost at work, and more.