Can You Name the Top Three Means of Exposure to Asbestos? Find Out Here

September 17, 2014

There are three main ways to be exposed to asbestos and we encourage you to know them all to keep you and your family safe.

Exposure Culprit #1

On the Job

This is the Big One, so to speak, and accounts for a large percentage of the people who develop mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. That’s because, while asbestos is a known human carcinogen (the definition of “carcinogen” being: something that causes cancer) and there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, the people who are the absolute most at risk for developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are those who had repeat exposure to asbestos. Such as exposure on the job.

In the past, people may have been exposed to asbestos on the job while working in the navy, in shipbuilding, construction, automotive repair shops or automotive manufacturing factories. Often times, these people had no idea that they were being exposed to asbestos.

Today, people may still be exposed to asbestos in plumbing, construction, automotive shops or other industries where they come into contact with asbestos-laden materials. For reference of why asbestos is still not banned in the United States for use in various building materials and products, please visit this page.

People who are exposed to asbestos on the job currently may still not know that they are being exposed to asbestos; likewise, some people who are exposed are not told by their employers of the full risk or safety precautions required.

Exposure Culprit #2

Second-Hand Exposure

Sounds like a bad joke — but it’s true. You CAN be exposed to asbestos — and the heightened risk for developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma — thanks to second-hand exposure to asbestos. Typically, second-hand exposure to asbestos comes from someone who was exposed via “Exposure Culprit #1” above — i.e., someone who was exposed to asbestos while on the job.

Typically what happens is this: A person who is exposed to asbestos at work brings that asbestos home with them, unknowingly, on their clothes. Young children who hug their parents when they arrive home, for instance, or a wife who did her husband’s laundry for years…. these are the people most at risk for second-hand exposure to asbestos.

Exposure Culprit #3

In the Home

Take any home built before the late 1970s: There is a Big Chance it has asbestos in it. However, asbestos is generally not a risk to people until the asbestos fibers are disturbed. That means that people who live in homes with asbestos may be put in harms way if they have asbestos that has been disturbed during renovation work, for example, or because of decay. Likewise, people such as plumbers or even firefighters or volunteer workers may be at an extra risk of being exposed to asbestos in home environments because of their duties.

Asbestos may also exist in older commercial buildings, from offices to restaurants.

Please Note: Asbestos should be removed by a qualified asbestos specialist. If you discover that your home or commercial building has asbestos, please contact a qualified asbestos removal specialist and do not attempt to remove it yourself!


And there you have it. The Top Three Ways of Exposure to Asbestos. We encourage you to share this information with your friends, family and coworkers. Preventing the deadly cancer mesothelioma means preventing exposure to asbestos. So let’s be aware!

If you or someone you know developed mesothelioma it could be because of one of these Top Three Ways. We encourage you to call us at (866) 538-0485 or contact us here to find out how a mesothelioma lawyer could help you.