Safety tips for avoiding asbestos exposure with vermiculite
To further reduce the low risk of asbestos exposure associated with the occasional use of vermiculite products during gardening activities, the EPA recommends that consumers:
Use vermiculite outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
Keep vermiculite damp while using it to reduce the amount of dust created.
Avoid bringing dust from vermiculite use into the home on clothing.
Use premixed potting soil, which usually contains more moisture and less vermiculite than a pure vermiculite product, and is less likely to generate dust.
Use other soil additives such as peat, sawdust, perlite, or bark.
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