7 Shocking Places Containing Asbestos | PROAS
People are increasingly getting health conditions from breathing in asbestos, such as lung cancer and asbestosis. You may know the obvious places that contain asbestos such as the heater in your house or roofing tiles. However, have you stopped to think of the shocking places containing asbestos? Read on to find out more.
- Bowling Balls
Going to a bowling alley with your family or friends may sound innocent. The only fear you may have is dropping the 6-kilogram ball on your foot, but did you know older bowling balls is one of the shocking places containing asbestos?
The ones who are more at risk are the factory workers making the bowling balls. The factory workers have to drill holes into the balls and asbestos could have been released into the air or dropped on the workers’ fingers. An investigation in the US uncovered that an employee was exposed to asbestos and fiberglass dust while working at a factory manufacturing bowling bolls in Kentucky.
It is important to note that modern bowling balls are made with polymer, but there is a chance that you could hold an older bowling ball containing asbestos.
Books? How are they one of the shocking places containing asbestos?
Not to worry, there is little chance of the following happening to you. Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ and Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ were bound in a silver and asbestos material. The reason? To avoid anyone burning the books. In fact, a rare first edition of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ was listed on eBay and bidding started at $600.
The next time you purchase a pack of crayons for your child as an innocent gift, you should consider researching the crayons’ ingredients.
In 2013, an investigation done by the Environmental Working Ground Action Fund has found that 4 out of 28 boxes of crayons tested positive for asbestos, as they contained traces of carcinogen. This is a harmful substance that can cause cancer in your body. Crayons affected were the Amscan Crayons, Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse crayons, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crayons and Power Rangers Super Megaforce crayons.
- Antique Home Appliances
Thinking of buying an older appliance online to save some cash? Well, think again. Historically, asbestos was an ingredient in appliances that had insulation. Vintage hair dryers would blow asbestos-contaminated air into the consumer while it was turned on. Wear and tear in wires used for antique home appliances such as toasters and irons may release fibres that contain asbestos.
- Car Parts
About to get a deal on a car you found online or wanting to purchase a vintage car? Maybe, this is not a good idea.
Vehicles made before 2003 are likely to have asbestos and the parts containing asbestos will stay in the vehicle until replacement is required. The most common part to contain asbestos is the brake, which releases heat. The next common part is the clutch, which is built to stand friction and grinding. Asbestos insulates against heat.
A law was passed in Australia on 31 December 2003, prohibiting the use of products containing asbestos. In November last year, Australian Border Force intercepted 50 vintage cars containing asbestos parts, such as Ford Mustangs, Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and Jaguars – most that are more than 40 years old.
- Protective Clothing
As asbestos was a cheap, durable and naturally acting insulation and fireproofing agent, it is no wonder that it can be found in protective clothing such as aprons, leggings, dust masks, gloves and helmets. Firefighters would wear protective uniforms and factory workers would wear aprons and dust masks as they were exposed to intense heat.
- Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is used around the world for various purposes, such as a baby powder, in chewing gum, sweets and chalks. It is made from talc, composed of silicon, magnesium and oxygen. It is found that the talcum powder in older baby powder contained asbestos fibres. In August 2017, cosmetics company Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $148 million to a Lois Slemp, a woman residing in the US, who said she got ovarian cancer from 40 years of continual use of its baby powder containing talcum powder.
We recommend searching for an alternative baby powder containing cornstarch.
Now that you know the shocking places containing asbestos, you will be more prepared to protect yourself. Remember, it is very difficult to identify asbestos by sight. We recommend hiring an asbestos removalist to get the job done, as asbestos is hazardous. If you are suspicious of asbestos on your property, please do not hesitate to contact PROAS for asbestos removal.