The list of potential asbestos exposure sites seems endless, but there are some that are more common than others. Many workplaces use asbestos in manufacturing or, as in the case of brake repairs, use products that contain exposed asbestos. In this example it would be the brake pads.
These sites list work environments that tend to employ more men than women. Mesothelioma case statistics correlate with this, as more men than women are diagnosed with mesothelioma. While many women who work at these sites are equally exposed, women are more susceptible to lung cancer than men, and seem to be more vulnerable to developing mesothelioma under similar circumstances than their male counterparts. These women’s rate of disease is higher due to this vulnerability.
Anyone working with asbestos can contaminate other people from the dust on their clothes and hair. This results in secondary exposure to asbestos.
Other sites are less obvious. Construction, especially renovation of older homes, is primed to expose workers and non-workers to asbestos. The dust from demolition sites can produce a huge cloud of particles that will travel whatever way the wind blows, exposing everyone in its path. Flipping houses, a recent and popular investment opportunity, may have exposed many. Even repairing older homes, changing wallpaper, scraping paint, and other less destructive repairs can stir up asbestos-laden dust from wallboard, counter tops and flooring. There is concern about the potential for a surge in cases as a result of the 9/11 disaster.
Least obvious of the many asbestos exposure sites include cosmetics, talcum powders, hygienic products, kitchen appliances and products, electric blankets, and older hair dryers. Not only were employees of companies who manufactured these products exposed, but consumers, too. Products imported from countries where asbestos use is not regulated is also a potential source of exposure.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and have an asbestos related disease, please contact the lawyers experienced in mesothelioma claims in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Brown | Kiely, LLP.