Duct Tape & Asbestos
Most consumers regularly use products that at one time contained asbestos. In fact, at one time, more than 5,000 common household items contained asbestos. For example, one such product is duct tape.
Traditionally, duct tape has been used to hold together metal ducts at their joints and to insure that no air or other gas is leaking from those joints. While modern duct tape is usually silver, old asbestos duct tape was more paper-like in consistency, and was usually white. As a result, it is quite easy to tell the difference between asbestos-containing duct tape and the safe duct tape sold in stores today.
Asbestos Duct Tape Health Concerns
Asbestos fibers and dust from duct tape can penetrate the lungs and its lining, eventually causing serious inflammation and irritation. This inflammation may result in the development of asbestosis or pleural plaques. Sometimes, the inflammation also causes mesothelioma, a very aggressive form of cancer for which there is no cure.
People who worked for an asbestos duct tape manufacturing company or in insulation before the 1980s were likely exposed to high levels of asbestos in the workplace. In addition, anyone who currently works in insulation or HVAC in older homes may be exposed to asbestos containing materials, such as duct tape, while at work.
Because exposure to asbestos greatly increases the risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos related lung diseases, anyone who worked with asbestos duct tape or in the industries mentioned above should make their doctors aware of their history of asbestos exposure. This is especially important for people who are experiencing respiratory symptoms, as they are often mistakenly diagnosed as other conditions.
Like any other cancer, mesothelioma is easier to manage if it is discovered in the early stages. Knowing that a patient may have been exposed to asbestos can help a doctor make an informed diagnosis.
If you worked for an asbestos duct tape manufacturer and you developed mesothelioma, or another serious illness, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact us.