October is Health Literacy Month. Each week, we will be focusing on topics related to facts about asbestos and how to protect yourself and your loved-ones from exposure. This week is all about preventing asbestos exposure.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral once used in many products due to its strength and ability to resist heat, as well as insulate. Asbestos was used for decades in textile products, automotive parts, home and commercial buildings, naval ships, and more. If asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne resulting in inhalation or ingestion. There is no “safe” level of exposure to asbestos; even minimal levels can cause the following asbestos-related diseases: mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other cancers.
Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
Asbestos exposure is common among those who work in the trades or do manual labor. Discuss your work history with your doctor if you fall into one of the high risk categories listed below. This will keep your doctor on the alert for symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, which often take decades to develop after the initial asbestos exposure.
Below are Some Important Facts Regarding Asbestos and Exposure:
· Always remember that asbestos is a known carcinogen that has not been banned in the US.
· Understand where asbestos might be in your home and workplace.
· Review the EPA Asbestos Dos and Don’ts for the Homeowner
· Never test, remove or even sweep up asbestos yourself! Contact your EPA regional office for a list of licensed asbestos professionals in your area.
For additional information, check out our full list of infographics on places where asbestos is often used, the different types of asbestos, and asbestos-related illnesses.
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