Building custodians risk mesothelioma because they work around asbestos
January 9, 2009 - Many professions are at an increased risk for asbestos exposure and the eventual development of mesothelioma. Mechanics, contractors and electricians, for example, have a high risk of being exposed to asbestos on the job. One of the more dangerous occupations, however, involves building custodians.
While a custodian often undertakes janitorial duties, those duties go far beyond janitorial. Most custodians are responsible for a great deal of building maintenance, which includes the supervision of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, electrical systems and more. All these areas have the potential to bring a building custodian into contact with asbestos-containing materials (ACM), especially in older buildings.
Prior to 1980, asbestos was used extensively in public buildings. Hence, ACM insulation was installed nearly anywhere there was heat or danger of fire. Pipe lagging, electrical conduits and furnace doors were just a few of the places ACMs were used. Floor tiles, wall board, joint compounds and window putty might also contain asbestos.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, it is important to gather as much documentation as possible about the asbestos products used in your workplace, including manufacturers and type and location of such products.
The truth about asbestos
Government sources estimate that in the next decade more than 35,000 people nationwide will be diagnosed with the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. This disease is most often the result of industrial workplace exposure to asbestos – and usually contracted through employers’ blatant disregard for the health and safety of their workers.
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