Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause serious health problems. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, several illnesses can occur, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Some of the most common ways people get exposed to asbestos include working in a construction site, working as an auto mechanic, working in a shipyard, working in industries such as manufacturing and power plants, and serving in the military. However, while these are the most common ways people get exposed to asbestos, they are not the only ways. There are many other less commonly known sources of asbestos. In this article, we share five surprising sources of asbestos.
Surprising Sources of Asbestos
Many people think that asbestos exposure is a problem for certain people. The truth is that asbestos exposure is a problem for everyone. Asbestos can be found in many everyday consumer products, meaning everyone is at risk of exposure. The following are some consumer products that could contain asbestos;
The talcum powder used in cosmetic products can sometimes contain traces of asbestos. Often, talc is found close to asbestos deposits. During mining, the proximity of talc and asbestos deposits can increase the risk of cross-contamination. Unfortunately, even a small quantity of asbestos in a cosmetic product can prove fatal as there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
- Bowling Balls
In the past, bowling balls were commonly made from fiberglass and asbestos. This dangerous substance was used to provide added weight and durability. Those who were tasked with the duty of making bowling balls were at a high risk of being exposed to asbestos. And once the balls reached the public, there was a risk of asbestos getting released into the atmosphere of the bowling alley. Some bowlers even got residual dust on their fingers.
Today, bowling balls are not made using asbestos-contaminated products, meaning modern bowling balls don’t contain asbestos. However, it is possible to encounter older bowling balls that have been around for decades and still contain asbestos.
Unfortunately, crayons may also contain asbestos. Asbestos in crayons has been in the news several times. As is the case with cosmetics, asbestos sometimes finds its way into crayons because of the talc used in crayon manufacturing. Crayon manufacturers use talc as a binder in the wax.
- Modeling Clay
There have been reports of asbestos in modeling clay. While it is unlikely that asbestos in modeling clay would become airborne, children can be prone to putting modeling clay in their mouths. Ingesting asbestos can be just as dangerous as inhaling it, if not more dangerous.
- Bindings of Older Books
Today, people don’t use asbestos in book bindings. This was more common in the past. So people who don’t have old books generally have nothing to worry about. Those with older books, mainly those published before the dangers of asbestos became widely known, should be careful when handling them and avoid actions, such as tearing the bindings, that could cause asbestos fibers to become airborne.
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