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How to protect yourself from asbestos exposure

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2022 | Mesothelioma

construction worker with face mask in dusty attic with insulation

You’re in the construction industry which means you work in all kinds of buildings. Some projects start from scratch while others involve renovating constructions that are over 100 years old.

You’re aware that asbestos is dangerous and has been used in construction work, especially during the late 90s. How can you protect yourself from this hazardous material?

Work on the assumption it could be there

One of the most challenging things about asbestos is that there may be no visible signs that it is there. The material is at its most dangerous when the fibers are broken and it becomes airborne. If you are sawing, grinding or doing any activity that releases airborne particles, then you should always wear suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Dust masks and ventilator systems can help limit your exposure to potentially harmful substances.

Do not take chances

If you think it’s highly likely that a building contains asbestos, then don’t take any chances. Only people with extensive knowledge in this area should even think about trying to remove the substance. It’s not worth you taking any chances with your health and your boss certainly shouldn’t expect you to take those kinds of risks.

Exposure to asbestos can lead to diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, which are treatable with early intervention but unfortunately incurable. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with either of these conditions, then you may be able to obtain compensation. This won’t reverse the diagnosis but it will at least relieve some of the financial burdens.


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