How do you get exposed to asbestos?

Because asbestos is odorless, tasteless and often microscopic, people are often exposed to it without even being aware of it. And they often have no choice in the matter: the most common way to be significantly exposed is at the workplace, meaning most victims were exposed to a dangerous toxin while simply trying to make a living.

Asbestos exposure begins when the fibrous mineral substance is cut, crushed or otherwise disturbed, releasing tiny fibers into the air to be breathed in. This can occur at an asbestos mine, in a factory where the substance is being processed and inserted into commercial products, or in a building when existing asbestos is disturbed (such as when the home is demolished or the homeowner tries to remove it). How much asbestos is present, what’s being done to it (cutting through a sheet of insulation neatly versus pulverizing it with a hammer), and how long a person works in an asbestos-containing environment all pay a role in exposure level.

How do you get exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos is in a sense a form of dust, and people can also be exposed if they are frequently in contact with someone who brings home the dust on their clothes or in hair (for instance, a wife who washes her husband’s contaminated clothes).

Simply living in a building where asbestos insulation exists undisturbed likely comes with some exposure, but the level would typically be too low to be dangerous. Exceptions would occur if a space is insulated with extremely high amounts of the substance, as in some settings such as Navy ships.

Asbestos is no longer mined in the US and its use in products has been severely curtailed, but the risk remains for those who remove old insulation or work around demolished buildings.

How do you get exposed to asbestos?

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