Asbestos is easy to forget about. If you do not work with materials that contain asbestos, you could believe that it is no longer a problem at all. You could think that it was banned decades ago and that there are only a few older workers from industrial plants, shipyards and similar occupations who remain at risk to asbestos-related diseases.
You may be a professional, who works in an office or perhaps a doctor or lawyer. You never mess with dirty, industrial processes, so you probably think there is no chance that you could ever develop mesothelioma. After all, you have never been exposed to asbestos dust, and inhalation of asbestos dust is the principal means of exposure.
While the proposition that you have to have been exposed to asbestos fibers to develop mesothelioma or some other asbestos-related illness, it no longer seems to be the case that you have to have worked in some heavy industrial occupation where asbestos was omnipresent, or even have worked construction or auto repair, where you could also have had occasion to encounter asbestos.
Worryingly, there seem to be more and more cases like a woman who lost her father to mesothelioma, but is uncertain how he inhaled the asbestos. He did not work in the typical asbestos industries; he was a salesman.
But his father and grandfather worked old factory, where there could have been asbestos, which could have been brought home on their clothes. He, innocently give them hugs upon their return home from work could have allowed him the necessary exposure to the deadly asbestos dust.
However, you may believe that cannot happen anymore, asbestos has been banned for decades in U.S., hasn’t it?
Next week we will discuss how this is, unfortunately, not true.
Stamfordadvocate.com, “Despite toxic nature, asbestos still deadly, still around,” David McCumber December 14, 2014