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What items might you find that have asbestos?

Despite the common knowledge that asbestos is harmful and can lead to mesothelioma, it's still found in many products that are used in this country. It's imperative that everyone knows what products might contain it to stay safe. Ideally, individuals will completely avoid any products with this material.

If you must come into contact with any products that contain asbestos, you should do your best to avoid inhaling it. This means that you may have to wear a respirator while using the product, as well as until you're able to change your clothes and take a shower. Being extra cautious is a good idea since the consequences of asbestos exposure are so severe.

Car parts

Some vehicle components, such as drum or disc brakes, clutch linings and transmission plates might contain asbestos. There are limits to how much these items can have. For example, brakes can have up to 1% asbestos. While that might not seem like a lot, it can add up to a considerable amount for a person who's working with these items frequently as a career or hobbyist.

Construction materials

Many materials that are used for building may contain asbestos. You have to be especially careful if you're working around older homes that were built from the 1930 to the 1970s. Caulk, insulation, siding, vinyl tiles, adhesives, ceiling tiles, roofing shingles and similar items may all have asbestos.

Talcum powder

It isn't common for cosmetics and other personal hygiene items to have asbestos in them, but it's still possible. It wasn't long ago that Justice had makeup recalled because of asbestos. Talcum powder is useful in these products because it absorbs moisture. The issue is that talc deposits can contain asbestos because they are found in the same places, which leaves room for the cross contamination. Unfortunately, this might not be found until it's too late for consumers.

Older consumer items

Even though asbestos hasn't been widely used in a long time, it's possible that some items that date back to the 1970s or before might have the material in them. For this reason, you should be careful if you're purchasing things like crockpots, ironing board covers, fire blankets and similar items from garage sales, estate sales or anywhere that sells used products.

Mesothelioma is a serious medical condition. Individuals who are diagnosed with it should ensure that they review their legal rights. Seeking compensation can help with the financial impact of this horrible disease.

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