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Materials that contain asbestos

It is no secret that asbestos is dangerous. However, many of us safely live around products with asbestos in them. It is when we decide to remove those products from our homes and other buildings that problems can arise. Construction workers are particularly susceptible to asbestos injury.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Environmental Agency bans many asbestos products, but it is still present in older products, such as:

  • Tile, vinyl floors
  • Chalkboards
  • Cement pipes, wallboard and siding
  • Textured paints and coatings
  • Fire blankets and curtains
  • Roofing shingles and felt
  • Spray-applied insulation
  • Caulking and putties
  • Pipe insulation

This is not an exhaustive list. Exposure can occur when someone disturbs these and other products containing asbestos. Asbestos dust can be released into the air when someone sands, cuts or otherwise disturbs a product containing asbestos.

Exposure to Asbestos

There are numerous health effects of asbestos exposure. Lung cancer, scarring of the lungs and cancer of the chest lining and abdominal cavity are the main risks. There are no immediate symptoms. You may not know that you have inhaled asbestos until the effects of asbestos exposure, such as cancer, develop. Some asbestos is undetectable by the naked eye; this is the most dangerous kind. The fibers can remain in a person's lungs and accumulate, causing long-term effects.

Asbestos exposure can occur in your home, but more people are exposed to asbestos on the job. There are ways to remove asbestos-containing products that avoid improper release of asbestos dust. Demolition workers, drywall removers and other construction workers must receive training in the proper ways of detecting and working with asbestos-containing materials.

If you have an asbestos-related illness, the company that caused your exposure may be liable for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. This is true whether you were improperly exposed to asbestos while working on a construction / demolition job or the exposure occurred in another way.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)."

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