Can you carry asbestos on clothing? It’s a question well worth knowing the answer to, given the health problems caused by asbestos. It’s one of the main causes of asbestosis, one of the most serious work-related illnesses.
Can you carry asbestos on clothing?
In short, yes you can. This is not good news, especially for those who work in construction and other jobs where exposure to asbestos is a possibility.
So, what can you do about it? Asbestos cannot simply be brushed off. Not only will you not be able to tell if you’ve gotten rid of it, you will actually probably just spread the particles around.
You also cannot shake it off. Attempting this will only lead to the creation of a harmful ‘asbestos cloud’ in mid-air.
Basically, you should never attempt to clean asbestos on clothing yourself. It’s too difficult and it’s vitally important that it’s done properly. Also, trying to clean asbestos on clothing in your own home risks spreading the deadly fibres around the home.
Clothes with asbestos should be cleaned in a proper facility which can be secured to prevent further contamination. The keys to successfully removing asbestos on clothing include:
- Using a room under negative pressure. This minimises the chances of asbestos fibres being released or becoming airborne.
- Using a conventional washing machine – providing it isn’t used for cleaning other clothes
- Disposing of the clothes properly – make sure they are thoroughly wet and placed in impermeable containers.
- Filtering the water used in the asbestos cleaning procedure to prevent contamination spreading.
Can I make a claim if I am made ill through exposure to asbestos?
If you are exposed to asbestos and fall ill as a result, you could well be due to industrial illness compensation. These sorts of work illness claims differ to a normal accident at work compensation claims in one key way.
The three-year time limit from an accident occurring to claim process starting doesn’t apply to asbestos-related illness. This is because symptoms of asbestosis can take an awful lot longer than three years to manifest themselves. You therefore have three years from the date of your diagnosis to initiate a claim.
If you think you may be eligible to claim for illness caused by asbestos exposure, call Accident Advice Helpline today.
All our lawyers work on a 10% no-win, no-fee* basis. What’s more, they usually settle without the stresses of a court appearance. For more information, talk to our expert advisors on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice