Asbestos exposure is a scary thought, but there is also secondary asbestos exposure. We have all come to realize just how terrible asbestos exposure is and the damaging effects it causes us, but what about secondary asbestos exposure? Any type of exposure to asbestos is dangerous and could cause life-threatening illnesses. Below, we will discuss secondary asbestos exposure and how you can protect yourself from asbestos exposure!
What is Secondary Asbestos Exposure?
Secondary asbestos exposure is exactly what it sounds like. You are being exposed to asbestos through ways that are not from direct contact. Women and children are the most affected by secondary asbestos exposure, making up around 20% of mesothelioma cases. They are usually exposed by a family member who works in an industry where asbestos exposure is common. Secondary asbestos exposure can also occur through environmental sources, as well as homes, schools, and other commercial buildings.
How can I Safeguard Myself and My Family?
The best way to protect yourself from secondary asbestos exposure is through education. Understanding how asbestos exposure occurs is the first step. If someone you know works in an industry that could have asbestos, they should shower at work or change clothes and shoes before entering the home. Asbestos fibers can easily attach to clothing, shoes, and even lunchboxes, where they make their way into your home, exposing you and your family. It is also a good idea to have your home tested for asbestos. Most older homes contain asbestos, but surprisingly we are seeing newer homes and remodeled homes with asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos testing is the best way to ensure your family is safe from asbestos and its dangerous illnesses.
As you can see, secondary asbestos exposure is a significant problem in the United States and will continue to be one. Protect you and your family through asbestos education.