Surprising places you may have been exposed to asbestos

Like many people, you may think that asbestos was banned a long time ago.

But asbestos is still around in a lot of surprising places.

The risk of exposure to this deadly chemical can happen in some surprising places.

Your Home 

Even if you have a newer home, many construction materials still contain asbestos. Cement shingles, flooring materials, pipes and pipe wrap, and millboard are all legally allowed to contain asbestos.

In older homes, there are potentially hundreds of materials that might contain asbestos, like plaster, vinyl floor tiles, plumbing fixtures, popcorn ceilings, insulation, and more.

If you fear you have asbestos in your home, don’t try to remove it yourself. A professional asbestos abatement company knows how to keep you and your family safe from the risks of this dangerous substance.

Schools

Even though a law was created in 1986 to protect children and employees at schools, asbestos is still prevalent in many school buildings.

The act, called the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), was enacted in 1986, and it requires schools to inspect buildings and take action to reduce the risk of exposure.

Insulation around pipes and boilers, ceiling tiles, ductwork, and vinyl flooring in schools can all still contain asbestos.

Hospitals 

You might think a hospital would be the last place you might find something as dangerous as asbestos, but you would be wrong!

In the past, asbestos products were often used to prevent fires, as well as in insulation products. Just like other buildings, flooring materials, ceiling tiles, and various types of insulation in hospitals could contain dangerous asbestos.

Hospital workers may be at risk – especially maintenance or construction workers.

Demolition of older hospitals also carries risks unless the material is properly abated.

Public Buildings

Many public buildings have been discovered to contain asbestos. Anything built before the 1980s almost certainly contains asbestos products.

New buildings also still use asbestos in roofing, piping, and flooring materials.

Police stations, government buildings, courthouses, theaters, malls, airports, and even churches often contain asbestos – so maintenance and construction workers are at risk here too!

We are committed to helping asbestos disease victims receive the compensation they need and we can do so swiftly and efficiently. Lawyers who do decide to refer a case to Landry & Swarr can rest assured knowing that their clients have an experienced and knowledgeable asbestos litigation firm on their side.  This is one of the main reasons that our firm serves as Louisiana counsel of record for so many of these cases.

We believe that collaboration and referrals between firms is the best way to serve mesothelioma clients and their families.

If you have any questions regarding your legal rights related to Mesothelioma, you can speak to our knowledgeable attorneys at Landry & Swarr by calling (504) 299-1214 today.

 

By | 2018-05-31T12:33:35+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Asbestos|Comments Off on Surprising places you may have been exposed to asbestos