You can be exposed to asbestos from these sources!

You can be exposed to asbestos in your workplace, in their communities, or in your homes. This article will look at four main sources of asbestos exposure.

Libby Vermiculite Vermiculite ore mined in Libby, Montana contained amphibole asbestos. People were exposed to the asbestos at and near the Libby mine. Other people were exposed when more than 200 sites around the country received and processed vermiculite from the Libby mine. Exposure to asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from Libby occurred through workplaces, communities, and households. Vermiculite mining in and near the city of Libby, Montana began in the 1920s and was continued from 1963 until 1990. The vermiculite ore mined in Libby was contaminated with tremolite asbestos.

A research review found that for the 20-year period examined, mortality from asbestosis was approximately 40 times higher than the rest of Montana and 60 times higher than the rest of the United States.

Naturally occurring asbestos

In some places such as El Dorado hills California, asbestos occurs naturally in soil. People may be exposed to asbestos fibers when asbestos-contaminated soil is disturbed where they live, work and play. Naturally occurring asbestos refers to those fibrous materials that are found in the rocks or soil in many areas. People can be exposed to asbestos where they live, work, or play through routine activities that crush asbestos-containing rock or stir up dust in soils containing asbestos fibers.

Some examples of these activities are as follows:

• Working in the yard or garden

• Digging or shoveling dirt

• Riding bicycles, off-road vehicles such as four wheelers, and dirt bikes on unpaved surfaces

• Running, hiking, and playing on unpaved surfaces

World Trade Center

If you live in New York especially around Manhattan area, you might have been exposed to asbestos fibers that were released after the Sept 11 bomb attack on the World Trade Center.

Other Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos has been used in commercial applications and to make automotive, building, and consumer products. Asbestos-containing material may release asbestos fibers into the air during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling.

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