Understand and doing your own research in knowing what to do if you notice that asbestos may be in your home or your workplace.  Here are some tips for keeping control of you safe in a hazardous environment.

 

  • Inhalation: Take precautionary measures to make sure that your safe before attempting to assist with other in a hazardous dust environment. If in a environment that is full of disturbed asbestos debris, you need to act quickly and move to an area with fresh air.  Although inhalation of asbestos is not harmful right away, it does put you in a higher risk of developing a disease decades in the future.  Fibers from asbestos when inhaled will get lodged into your lung tissue and stay there for year to come.
  • Skin Contact: Wash you hands, clothes and body very thorough with  water and  soap for at least 10 minutes.  Understanding that you may not be the only one that can develop a disease from asbestos fibers.  THey can remain on your clothing and when brought back into your home or work, others can be at a higher risk of developing secondhand exposure. 
  • Eye Contact: Asbestos exposure risk to the eyes occurs when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed and the fibers are released into the air.  Immediately flush the eyes with your eyes open. If symptoms of pain or irritation remain severe you must immediately see a doctor.
  • Ingestion: Have victim rinse mouth with water. Call a Poison Centre or doctor if the victim feels unwell.
  • First Aid: If exposed  it is highly recommended to see a doctor for medical assistance. Every time you are concerned about asbestos exposure in your workplace or home

Go immediately to a doctor if you have any c oncerns with being exposed.  There you will be referred to a specialist or you will be able to confirm that you are okay.