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Mesothelioma Exposure Resources

This month we offer a recently completed article regarding asbestos exposure. You may review this topic from archived articles on asbestos handling for your organization in the sidebar of the hazmatmike homepage. Exposure to asbestos fibers “without” proper CPC (Chemical Protective Clothing) can have devastating effects on health, length and quality of life.

If your organization has need of legal assistance from exposure to asbestos, it is our sincere hope that the below submitted groups article can aid you.

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The Dangers of Asbestos


Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring minerals that were used at several job sites and in an array of products because of its fire and heat-resistant properties. Prior to the early 1980s’, asbestos was used to help build millions of homes and buildings across the world. Products such as brakes, brake pads, shingles, gardening tools, and much more were also made using asbestos. However, once the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) researched and validated the dangers of using asbestos, most businesses eliminated its use. Yet, many of the homes, buildings, and job sites that were associated with asbestos are still around today making asbestos exposure still a threat.


Why Asbestos is Dangerous


According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), inhaling the fine fibers of asbestos can pose serious health risks, leading to diseases such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis. Once the fibers become lodged inside the lungs, it’s almost impossible to remove them. Over time, the fibers aggravate the lining of the lungs, resulting in scarring and lung dysfunctionality. Asbestos fibers can also reach other parts of the body, such as the abdominal and heart area, leading to diseases such as pericardial and peritoneal mesothelioma.


Research performed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that at least 10,000 people die each year from asbestos exposure. Many of these victims worked at job sites that exposed them daily to the harmful mineral. Other victims lived in homes or worked in schools that contained asbestos. Although asbestos is typically harmless when left unstirred, fibers that become airborne are hard to eliminate without the proper training.


The Role of a Hazmat Professional


Federal and state laws require that any sort of asbestos removal must be done by a certified, trained hazardous material remover. Because of the seriousness of the health risks involved with asbestos, any buildings, facilities, homes, and job sites that have been associated with asbestos must be handled carefully.


Hazmat professionals use a series of tools and materials to effectively dispose of asbestos while keeping the general public safe. Most of the tools and materials needed require in-depth training before use in order to successfully contain and remove the dangerous materials. Hazmat professionals are also trained on how to protect themselves while working around asbestos, generally through filters, monitors, and protective gear.


If you think you have asbestos in your home or in an old building or job site in your community, it’s imperative to seek professional assistance. Never try to remove materials or renovate a home or building yourself that may contain asbestos. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but unless you’re a trained professional, it’s more than likely against your city’s ordinance.


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