Inhaling asbestos is dangerous – this is common knowledge. The tiny particles that make up asbestos can get lodged in your lungs and other tissues, eventually causing mesothelioma or other asbestos-caused diseases.
If you know there is a risk of asbestos, you may think wearing a mask will protect you. Unfortunately, not all masks are effective at preventing asbestos-related issues.
Finding the right mask for asbestos protection
To find the right mask for asbestos protection, you must look at the rating. You need an N-100 mask specifically designed to filter out asbestos particles. While this is true, it is worth mentioning that while the mask is designed for this, it does not mean it guarantees you won’t have issues at some point. However, it is the most effective protection equipment you can use.
Not all employers realize that specialized masks are required when working with asbestos. Sometimes, they may provide you with a paper dust mask used in wood shops and similar settings. You may believe this helps since your nose and mouth are covered. The issue is that the mask cannot stop asbestos particles. They will get through or around the mask, which is extremely dangerous for you.
Protecting yourself from asbestos exposure
Asbestos can cause serious health issues. Unfortunately, in most situations, it will be years before you even show symptoms of a problem. It is necessary to ensure you are protected from asbestos exposure. Your employer should provide you with the right PPE (personal protection equipment) for this.
You have rights if you are exposed to asbestos and develop health issues. Knowing your legal options can help you recover compensation for your losses due to long-term (or even short-term) asbestos exposure.