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Asbestos At Work: 5 Signs You’re At Risk

Asbestos At Work: 5 Signs You’re At Risk

Asbestos At Work

Asbestos exposure in the workplace can be dangerous. But how can you tell if you’re at risk? At M3 Environmental Consulting in Monterey, we regularly train commercial property owners, municipalities, general contractors, abatement contractors, and property management firms test for asbestos so they can keep their patrons and employees safe. With over twenty years of experience, we are a leading provider of environmental consulting services in California. We want to help you understand more about this hazard, some ways you may come into contact with it, and what you can do about it.

A professional inspection is the best way to know if your workplace needs remediation services, but there are some signs that can let you know it’s time to give us a call.

  1. You Work In An At-Risk Occupation
  2. Your Work In An Older Building
  3. You Work In Or Near Contaminated Job Sites
  4. You Work With Materials That Contain Asbestos
  5. You Work For An Employer That Is Not Following Safety Protocols

The Dangers Of Exposure

Today, the dangers of asbestos exposure are widely known. An entire segment of the legal industry has been built up around pursuing claims for persons diagnosed with mesothelioma, a dangerous form of lung cancer potentially caused by asbestos exposure.

High-Risk Occupations

Asbestos was widely used in many industries before the dangers of exposure became known in the 1970s. Even in industries that no longer manufacture or use asbestos-containing materials, there is always a risk of exposure when dealing with older items that may contain it.

Asbestos has been widely used in the military, in the construction industry, in the automotive sector, and in the manufacturing and production of countless consumer goods.

  • Construction Workers
  • Miners
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Workers
  • Hairdressers
  • Firefighters
  • Mechanics
  • Engineers
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Military Personnel

Protecting Yourself On The Job

Your employer has a legal obligation to protect you from workplace hazards, including asbestos exposure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all have set forth regulations on the use of asbestos in the workplace.

The first step you can take to protect yourself is to ask your employer whether they have an asbestos inspection and testing plan in place. A professional asbestos testing firm can safely take samples, determine whether there is a danger, and design a mitigation plan.

Testing For Asbestos In Monterey, CA

At M3 Environmental Consulting, we offer professional asbestos inspection and testing services throughout Monterey County and the surrounding areas. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.