Decontaminating homes and clothing of asbestos dust is essential, but many
workers weren't warned
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Asbestos is known to cause cancer. For
this reason, stringent decontaminating procedures for the home include air
showers, laundering, airing, vacuuming and other methods of surface cleaning,
and destruction and disposal of contaminated items, such as clothing.
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Asbestos decontaminating of home and clothing
In decades past, workers brought home asbestos dust and fibers on their
clothing, thus exposing themselves and family members to the deadly
Nowadays, strict rules are in place to avoid asbestos exposure.
These procedures, however, can vary in effectiveness, depending on the
specific methods employed, the contaminants, and the surfaces.
In general, hard surfaces can be far more easily decontaminated than clothes,
carpets, and soft furniture. In most cases, effective decontamination requires
relatively intensive methods. Lead, asbestos, pesticides, and beryllium
contamination can be especially persistent. In some instances even intensive
decontamination procedures may be ineffective.
Another serious concern is that decontamination methods can increase the
hazard to the person performing the operation and to others in the household.
Home laundering of contaminated clothing exposes the launderer to asbestos.
Vacuuming of floors contaminated with mercury can substantially increase air
concentrations, and vacuuming of carpets contaminated with lead can increase
lead concentrations on the carpet surface.
Decontaminating home and clothing of asbestos
The difficulty of decontaminating work clothing of asbestos, the prominence
of clothing as a source of home contamination and the potential exposure of the
launderer, are problems that can be avoided through the use of disposable work
clothing. The use, availability, and cost of this alternative needs to be
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