Products Affected by Asbestos
Asbestos first gained popularity in the 1880s, when it began showing up in hundreds of common consumer products. A naturally occurring mineral fiber, asbestos is extremely heat resistance and exceedingly resilient. It’s for this reason that manufacturers began using asbestos in building materials, insulation, gaskets and packing, clothing, and items that cause friction, such as vehicle brakes. In fact, thousands of products have featured asbestos since the 1880s – including common every day appliances such as toasters and coffee makers.
The Danger of Asbestos
After a few decades of regular asbestos usage, concern arose regarding the health of individuals with exposure to asbestos. By the 1930s, it was evident that inhalation and swallowing of the miniscule asbestos fibers were causing deadly lung disease years following initial exposure. In fact, asbestos fibers are so tiny, that they can be inhaled as dust on another person’s clothes or hair, thus tainting the health of those who come in contact with someone who was exposed to asbestos. Exposure is known to cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, but the diseases don’t appear immediately; rather, they show up after many years of bodily asbestos occupancy.
Products Containing Asbestos
Because of the health danger that asbestos poses, few products are now available to consumers containing the fibers. However, countless deaths are the result of contact with consumable products that previously contained asbestos, and a handful of products still contain it today. If you have concerns about specific asbestos containing products, contact us with your questions. Furthermore, if you believe that you were exposed to asbestos in the past, speak with your doctor immediately.