This is Asbestos Awareness Week and as with all issues, it takes personal impact to get our attention. My personal impact with asbestos came when I heard Uncle Joe had been exposed and was dealing with the impact on his health.
Uncle Joe had worked as a color stripper in the print industry. He was in the news printing industry when I learned about his health. Color stripping is now a dying trade. A color stripper creates color separation plates for a print run. There is a lot of precision that is involved in this work and he was very good at it.
Having worked in the architectural design field, I knew about asbestos but I learned of the impact from exposure too. I knew asbestos is very controlled in how it is handled for removal but I’ve also learned that exposure is still likely to happen so I am sharing some information to increase your awareness.
Exposure can lead to health risk, more seriously, to mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs.
I invite you to learn about asbestos to protect your health. You can visit Asbestos Awareness Week to learn more.