Safety precautions can prevent asbestos exposure

With the United States still allowing the importation of asbestos, those who live and work around the dangerous fibers must be vigilant in minimizing potential exposure. The federal government’s “ban” only involves certain products, not all of them.

What seems harmless is actually dangerous

Countless research studies have proved the disastrous health consequences of asbestos, particularly asbestos that has deteriorated or was damaged and disturbed.

Once released into the air, the microscopic, odorless, and tasteless airborne fibers easily enter the lungs, even when someone is inhaling normally. Dermal exposure can occur as well, lodging the fibers into the skin.

Precautions are paramount

Safety precautions in the form of respirators and coverings can provide the protection necessary to prevent future health problems.

Those who own a home or work at a building where asbestos is present should exercise extreme caution when around asbestos. If the material containing asbestos is in good condition and not disturbed in any way, fibers will be unlikely to become airborne.

Any sign of damage or disturbance to the materials should mandate limited if any access to the area. A trained professional can safely assess the situation and strategize ways to resolve it.

Simple steps can provide protection from asbestos. Vigilance is key to protecting homeowners and their families, along with workplaces and employees.