Asbestos exposure in the workplace
The best way to prvent mesothelioma is to decrease yuor exposure to asbestos – such as in the workplace, home, and environment. The government is responsible for issuing regulations regulations in the workplace. Employers are required to adhere to regulations, known as Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
If you suspect that the company you work for is not abiding by the health and safety aspects relating to asbestos then you should either take this up with your union or confront or raise the issue with your employer.
Note: If you do get into a situation at work where you have been exposed to asbestos without the use of safety equipment – Take a shower at work and change your clothing if possible, as this will limit the amount of exposure to others.
Asbestos exposure at home
If you have just purchased or live in a pre-1980’s house, then there is a chance that it may contain asbestos, as it was more widely used in building materials up to this time. Asbestos is only dangerous when it is friable (crumbly) or disturbed, i.e. sawn, drilled, sanded, ripped, etc. This is when the asbestos omits fibres, and these fibers can be inhaled into the lungs.
Note: If you find asbestos in your home that is tucked away, has no signs of damage, or it is not degrading, then you are best leaving it, rather than disturbing it. But if it has to be disturbed due to refurbishment, or DIY etc, then you will need to employ an asbestos abatement company to remove it safely for you. Removing it yourself could put both yours and whoever resides in your home at risk. An abatement company will ensure that all traces of airborne fibres have been removed from your home using specialised equipment.
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