Asbestos Risks: Reduce Them By Doing A Proper Asbestos Survey
There are several ways website to lower the risk of asbestos exposure at your workplace. These include limiting the number of employees who work with or near asbestos-containing materials and following proper abatement procedures to prevent the release of airborne fibers.
Worker Exposure to Asbestos: The most common way people are exposed to asbestos is through occupational (job) exposure. Workers who handle asbestos-containing products at their jobs have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, or other related diseases.
Blue-collar workers and military personnel are at higher risk of occupational exposure than other employees. Maintenance and abatement workers who sweep up or dispose of asbestos-containing materials in buildings and homes are also at high risk of asbestos exposure.
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Family members of workers or military personnel who directly handle asbestos-containing materials have a risk of secondhand exposure to these fibers, similar to the risks of smoking. Some research has shown that family members of asbestos-exposed individuals have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma and other related diseases.
Outdoor Levels of Asbestos: There are small levels of naturally occurring asbestos fibers in the air that are released by weathering, breaking down of asbestos-containing materials, windblown soil from hazardous waste sites and deterioration of motor vehicle clutches and brakes. These levels are higher near degrading asbestos cement clad buildings, former sites of such buildings or waste sites where the asbestos is disturbed and not properly covered.