How does asbestos get in the air?

Nov 23, 2022 | Asbestos

Asbestos exposure happens in many ways. Many people are exposed through their jobs while working with asbestos materials. Others work in mines where asbestos is found. Unfortunately, asbestos exposure can also happen at home and by using certain commercial products. 

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Regardless of where the exposure occurs, it can cause health problems. 

Understanding how asbestos becomes airborne, which is when it gets into your lungs, is an important part of avoiding exposure and health issues. 

Understanding asbestos exposure

When asbestos fibers become airborne, they all act the same – it doesn’t matter their source. The fiber can lead to illness, whether it comes from a commercial product or a natural deposit. 

Some of the main ways that asbestos fibers become airborne and expose people to the risk of health complications include the following:

  • Handling or disturbing common consumer products containing asbestos, such as talc
  • Erosion of natural asbestos deposits
  • Cleaning that stirs up deposits of or products containing asbestos
  • Cutting, crushing or handling old items that contain asbestos (common in building demolition)
  • Crushing rocks that contain asbestos

Preventing asbestos exposure

There are some situations where you can take steps to prevent asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, this is often impossible if you aren’t aware of its presence. 

If you are exposed to asbestos and suffer an illness as a result, you have legal rights. One right is to recover compensation if the exposure occurred at work or because of the negligence of another party. 

Knowing your legal rights is the best way to ensure that you get the compensation you are entitled to in these situations. While these cases can be complicated, you will find that the impact of asbestos exposure can cause serious consequences, and therefore, you should take steps to protect yourself and your legal rights. 

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