November 28, 2021

Protect Yourself from Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure has been shown to lead to a variety of deadly and damaging conditions including mesothelioma and asbestosis. As a New Mexico citizen in a position where you might be exposed to asbestos, it is important to take the appropriate precautions to avoid this deadly carcinogen.

If you work in a job where you may be exposed to asbestos, it is important that you and your employer take all of the necessary precautions against exposure.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have a set of requirements detailing the amount and time of exposure that you may have to asbestos in your job. For an 8-hour day in a 40-hour workweek, you may be exposed to 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter. For short-term exposure (30 minutes or less), you may be exposed to 1 fiber per cubic centimeter.

Regardless, if you are exposed to asbestos during work, it is advised that you wear protective clothing. This means ventilation equipment, and suits, etc. If you cannot wear a full set of protective gear, at least wear a mask. A mask can help you avoid breathing in or ingesting the particles.

After working in an environment where you were exposed to asbestos fibers, be sure to remove any clothing you were wearing before going home. Asbestos particles can become trapped in your clothing and be released when you move.

If you are considering buying a new home or remodeling, you should make thorough inquiries to determine if the home may contain asbestos. If your home was built before 1980, it is more than likely that it was built using asbestos in some of the insulation, roofing or siding materials at the least.

Never drill, cut, hammer or break any material that might contain asbestos. Asbestos fibers can be released into the air with only the slightest disturbance.

Our New Mexico mesothelioma attorneys are experienced at helping New Mexico citizens recover compensation for their mesothelioma claims. Contact us today for your free case evaluation by calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) or emailing.