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Asbestos in construction: hazard alert.

The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2004 Oct; :1-2
Asbestos can hurt your lungs and many uses for it have been banned. But this mineral is still used in construction, mainly in roof panels and packing gaskets. And construction workers still are exposed to asbestos during remodeling and demolition: Asbestos is often in old fireproofing, roofing, vinyl flooring, pipe and boiler insulation, and some roads and cement pipe and cement sheet products. Thousands of construction workers have died from diseases caused by work with - or near - asbestos without protection. And 10,000 people are expected to die each year for the next 10 years because of past exposures to asbestos. Asbestos diseases can sometimes take 20 years or more to show up after you are exposed. All kinds of asbestos are dangerous. The construction trades most at risk from asbestos have been insulators, plumbers and pipefitters, electricians, and sheet metal workers. But any construction worker may be in danger during maintenance, remodeling, or demolition of an old building or road. Sometimes workers' families are at risk, too, from asbestos taken home on workers' clothes or shoes. Some asbestos fibers are so small you cannot see them. They are the most dangerous because they can get in your lungs. Asbestos can cause asbestosis, which scars your lungs and makes it hard to breathe. You can also get lung cancer or mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the chest or stomach. All kinds of asbestos can give you these diseases, including chrysotile asbestos. The more you are exposed to asbestos, the more chance you will get sick later on.
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Diseases; Disease-prevention; Asbestos-cement; Asbestos-dust; Asbestos-fibers; Asbestos-removal; Asbestos-workers; Asbestosis; Asbestos-products; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung; Lung-cancer; Lung-disease; Mineral-deposits; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Cancer; Demolition-industry; Insulation-materials; Insulation-workers; Plumbers; Electrical-workers; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Maintenance-workers; Road-construction; Road-surfacing; Toxic-materials; Toxins; Hazardous-materials; Mesothelial-cells
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
1332-21-4; 12001-29-5
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Asbestos in Construction: Hazard Alert
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The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division