Occupational asbestos exposure is responsible for serious lung diseases. Various studies have found a clear link between lung cancer and asbestos exposure at the work site. Exposure to asbestos at the workplace is an example of primary asbestos exposure.
In some cases, family members can be exposed to asbestos when an asbestos-containing material has been brought into the home. Long term exposure to asbestos fibres in this case can also result in lung cancer. This type of exposure is known as secondary asbestos exposure, which we will discuss in this article.
About Secondary Asbestos Exposure
The risk of secondary asbestos exposure is high in cases where a family member works at high-risk site. These include:
- Refinery workers
- Railroad workers
- Chemical plant employees
- Plumbers and pipefitters
- Foundry workers
- Shipyard employees
Workers employed at high-risk sites are at increased risk of both primary and secondary asbestos exposure. Family members, friends, and relatives of these workers can be involved in secondary asbestos exposure.
The workers can expose the family members to asbestos fibres by bringing asbestos contaminated clothes. Washing the cloth at the home can result in exposure to asbestos fibres. The risk of secondary exposure is the same as primary exposure including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
The effects of secondary asbestos exposure have been highly studied since 1965 when the seminal work on the subject was published. The authors of the study, Thomson and Newhouse, stated that there is little doubt that the risk of lung disease may arise from occupational as well domestic exposure to asbestos.
Subsequent studies have found that children who are exposed to asbestos can develop lung cancer later in life, with a latency of about 25 years. The studies have suggested that there is increased the risk of children developing lung cancer due to secondary asbestos exposure than adults with primary asbestos exposure.
Let Asbestos Removal London Help You
Asbestos survey and analysis is essential to prevent primary and secondary asbestos exposure. The inspection should be carried out by licensed asbestos removal contractors. It’s is important that employers train the employees in case there is a risk at the worksite of asbestos exposure.
The employees should know about asbestos-containing materials so that they do not inadvertently put their family members at risk of secondary asbestos exposure.
We are one of the best licensed asbestos removal contractors in the UK. We can carry out expert asbestos air monitoring. Also, we can provide training to individuals and employees on the dangers of asbestos, and also the possible sites of asbestos exposure. Our experts can educate you on how to prevent secondary asbestos exposure if you work at high-risk sites. To know more about our services, you can contact us by calling today.