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Do you know how to protect yourself from asbestos exposure?

Because the asbestos that causes deadly mesothelioma is usually found on job sites, employees must exercise special caution when working around it. Below are some tips for reducing the likelihood of exposure to asbestos.

-- Make sure that you always wear a special asbestos mask that is rated specifically for working around the substance. Dust masks are insufficient for this purpose, and all masks must fit well.

-- Never eat, smoke or drink in any areas containing asbestos.

-- Discard used masks and disposable clothing in double bags and make sure that they only taken to sites licensed to deal with asbestos debris.

-- Learn how to identify asbestos so that you can steer clear of it.

-- Only allow those who have received asbestos training to enter the area.

-- Never sweep up dust around asbestos. Either use wet rags or a Type H vacuum cleaner to pick up debris.

-- Dampen surface areas to decrease the likelihood of dust swirling around. Do this periodically as you go about your tasks.

-- Choose hand tools over power tools when working around asbestos, as they stir up less dust.

-- Never wear clothes off the job site after working around asbestos and make sure that you shower after each shift before leaving.

If, despite all your precautions, you develop mesothelioma after a workplace asbestos exposure, know that you have the right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, pain, suffering and many other things. Special asbestos trusts that were set up to aid victims are a source of compensation for those whose lives are devastated from exposure to asbestos.

Source:, "5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Asbestos in the Workplace," Shan, accessed April 22, 2016

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