Most people think that the risk of asbestos exposure in the United States is very slim. However, there are still many products that the U.S. imports that contain asbestos. This means that if you work in an industry that regularly uses these products, you could come into contact with asbestos and develop mesothelioma.
While many of these products are subject to regulations that limit the presence of asbestos to 1 percent, continuous contact over long periods of time can be enough to cause serious illness. If you come into regular contact with one of these products that contain asbestos, take extra precautions to limit your exposure.
Asbestos can still be found in car parts like brake pads, clutches and various gaskets. Mechanics that work with cars, trucks, airplanes and even ships are especially susceptible to diseases like mesothelioma. In general, vehicle parts that require protection against heat, fire or high friction have a greater chance of containing asbestos.
Old and new insulation
While many people think that only older types of insulation contain asbestos, some new brands still have asbestos as well. However, due to the 1 percent limitation, the chances of excessive asbestos exposure are greatly reduced as long as the insulation is properly installed and enclosed and generally left alone. If you work in home construction or remodeling, it is still vital to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from long-term exposure.
Other construction materials
In addition to insulation, other construction materials produced today have a high probability of containing at least a little asbestos. These materials typically include roofing tiles, prefabricated cement and corrugated sheet metal. Construction workers that handle these items on a regular basis have an increased chance of developing an asbestos-related illness.
In addition to the above products, fireproof clothing and potting soil are both known to contain traces of asbestos that can cause mesothelioma due to long-term exposure. If your job requires you to continuously handle any of these products which then lead to an illness, you might be able to file a claim for compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.