Those who work in shipyards, power plants, construction, firefighting, schools, oil refineries, paper mills, and the metal works industry run the risk of being exposed to Asbestos. Asbestos can cause mild to life-threatening illnesses such as several types of cancer. You may think the people who work with hazardous materials are the only ones that risk exposure.
But that’s false.
Just like secondhand smoke, people are susceptible to secondhand exposure of asbestos. While asbestos materials are disturbed by being cut, sawed, sanded, ground etc.…toxic fibers are released. Inhalation of these microscopic fibers would be firsthand exposure.
Secondhand exposure comes from the worker bringing those fibers back on clothing, skin, and in their hair. The fibers can then contaminate the home, putting anyone who resides there at risk. The fibers can settle in bedding, carpets, couches, and other furniture.
Change out of the contaminated clothing before returning home. Avoid dusting it off or shaking the clothing as that will disperse the fibers. Do not wash the Asbestos exposed clothing at home. Fibers can contaminate other clothing during a laundry cycle.
Asbestos removal is highly regulated because the dangers to individuals. Asbestos should not be removed or handled without seeking advice from a professional.