Asbestos is one of the most common raw materials used by a number of industries, most prominently automotives, plumbing and construction. Because it is still being used widely, it is important to take all necessary measure to protect yourself and your family from asbestos exposure especially when you are travelling to another country.
Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and prolonged exposure to the material can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that only affects the internal linings of the respiratory system and the abdomen. There are also a number of other potentially life threatening medical conditions that result from the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers.
How to Prevent Asbestos Exposure When Traveling
There are a number of ways and places in which you and your family can come into direct contact with the material itself, of its fine fibers that can remain suspended in the air for a long period of time. Owing to its fire, chemical and electricity resistant properties, it is used in insulating buildings across the globe. While the material remains adequately concealed underneath other materials in newly constructed structures, it may get exposure due to wear and lack of maintenance in relatively older buildings.
This is where people traveling with families must ensure that the motels, bed and breakfast inns, hotels or tourist apartments that they book for the holiday are well maintained and properly updated to protect against asbestos exposure. When subjected to grinding, cutting or shaping, asbestos releases ultra-fine, microscopic fibers into the atmosphere that can be inhaled easily into the respiratory system where they damage the membranes and organs.
It is also important to steer clear from construction and/or demolition sites when traveling, and to select lodging accordingly. Only trained professionals wearing protection gear are allowed at construction and demolition sites because they can otherwise easily be exposed to the cancer-causing agent.
Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
According to Shrader and Associates (www.yourmesotheliomalawfirm.com)