Electricians are exposed to many hazards, including the risk of electrocution and the chance of exposure to deadly chemicals and substances like asbestos.
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What’s the problem?
While new products used by electricians no longer contain asbestos, those in the profession are often faced with the task of working in buildings that were constructed prior to the asbestos warnings; therefore, materials encountered may contain the dangerous material.
Asbestos was widely used in electrical insulation due to the fact that it does not burn. Electricians often engage in activities such as drilling and cutting in the course of their work. These activities, when performed on asbestos-containing materials, can lead to the release of asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are typically not visible to the human eye and can be easily
inhaled. Once inhaled, the fibers can become trapped in the lungs and lead to cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
As the dangers of asbestos were not well-known or were often covered up, electricians may not have worn protective masks to keep them from inhaling airborne fibers. Asbestos-containing items encountered by electricians may include:
- Cement Siding
- Cement Wallboard
- Acoustical Plaster
- Decorative Plaster
- Textured Paints
- Ceiling Tiles
- Electrical Cloth
- Electrical Panel Partitions
- Electrical Ducts
- Electric Wiring Insulation
- Thermal Paper Products
- High Temperature Gaskets
- Spackling Compounds
Today’s electricians understand that it is necessary to wear protective masks or respirators while working around products that may contain asbestos. However, electricians of days gone by were not so attuned to the mineral’s danger, so most did not wear any sort of protective gear. Decades later, cases of asbestos-caused diseases, such as mesothelioma, are on the rise among electricians.
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