Secondary or second-hand exposure occurs when someone who works around asbestos brings home the fibers on their clothing or hair and transfers the fibers to family members. It can also occur if asbestos exists in a community and is released into the air.
Secondary Asbestos Exposure in Your Home
Secondary or second-hand exposure occurs when someone who works around asbestos brings home the fibers on their clothing or hair and transfers the fibers to family members. There are increasing numbers of mesothelioma cases occurring from military personnel and industrial workers during World War II who brought home asbestos to their children, grandchildren, and wives. These secondhand exposed individuals are presenting symptoms of mesothelioma and often don’t know what to attribute the cause of the disease too.
To the surprise of many who have developed mesothelioma, they were exposed to asbestos every day when daddy walked in the door from work to give hugs and kisses. The toxic fibers rubbed off of clothing and fell from hair, family members are oblivious to the dangers they were exposed to. If employees and military personnel were made aware of the dangers of asbestos, they could have practiced precautions to protect family members, if not themselves at least. But, due to the unnoticed exposure that occurred years ago, not only are employees developing this incurable disease, but family members are as well.
Secondary Asbestos Exposure in Your Community
If you have lived in an area near a shipyard, power plant, refinery, rail yard, or steel mill you may have been exposed to asbestos even if you didn't work at any of the asbestos-containing facilities. There have also been occurrences of asbestos mines in communities causing hundreds of people to fall ill with mesothelioma. In fact, an asbestos vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, caused more than 200 deaths to a small population of 12,000. The asbestos-contaminated vermiculite was used for an insulation product and also on lawns, Little League playing fields, playgrounds, and several other areas in the town increasing the risk for hundreds of residents. For this small town, asbestos claimed the lives of many and many more are still getting sick, just now seeing the first symptoms of mesothelioma.