How To Protect Yourself Against The Dangers Of Asbestos
These days, the dangers of asbestos are so well-known that pretty much everyone has heard about them. Surprisingly, however, there are still a lot of misconceptions about this dangerous substance.
For instance, if you think that wearing a mask will protect you from harm, you are mistaken. Most masks are not capable of providing protection against asbestos fibers, meaning that you could wind up exposing yourself or your loved ones to this potentially dangerous substance if you don’t use the right safety precautions.
We have been working hard to address common myths about asbestos, trying to replace those myths with accurate information. In this section, we will address why wearing a mask does not provide enough protection when working with asbestos.
Even if you don’t think that you have an asbestos problem, it could be lurking in your flooring, your walls, your ceiling, or in other products that were used inside your home. Typically, the best course of action is to contact an asbestos removal company rather than trying to deal with the problem on your own.
The Thought That A Mask Will Protect You From Asbestos Is A Myth
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is running to the local hardware store and picking up a face mask, thinking that it will provide them with protection against asbestos. In fact, however, these masks offer little to no protection since the fibers of the asbestos can easily get through. Unfortunately, inhaling asbestos fibers – even through a mask – can pose a serious health risk.
The only way to protect yourself against asbestos is by investing in a half-face respirator. This respirator needs to fit snugly against the skin of your face, completely sealing off air from the outside. The fit needs to be precise to prevent any air from getting in around the edges of the mask.
Even if you buy the best mask in the world, however, you still may not be protected. If it doesn’t fit properly, asbestos fibers can still find their way inside. Similarly, if you have facial hair that prevents the mask from sitting directly against your skin, it can also interfere with the level of protection that you receive.
If you are going to be working in an area where asbestos has been disturbed by construction projects, renovations, property damage, or by removal methods, you need far more than a mask to provide protection. You also have to wear protective gear over your entire body. This includes a hat to protect your head, gloves to protect your hands, and special covers to protect your shoes. When you are leaving the contaminated area, the protective gear needs to be rinsed off with water. Your respirator needs to be left in place until all of the affected clothing has been removed and properly disposed of. Finally, you then need to shower to remove all traces of asbestos from your body.
Asbestos is pervasive. The fibers can stick to your clothes. They can also wind up in your hair or stuck to your skin if you are not properly protected. Every time you are exposed to asbestos, it poses a serious risk to your health. Additionally, if you get any of the fibers on your clothing, hair, or skin, you also are a danger to anyone that you come in contact with including your family and friends.