With more asbestos being found in properties and asbestos-contaminated products popping up around the world, it’s normal for parents to worry. Children can be exposed to asbestos through toys, makeup and even through their school if it hasn’t been tested. Keeping your child safe is top priority and it’s important to be educated on where asbestos can hide, and how to keep your child as protected as possible. At BC Green, our asbestos abatement Vancouver services help you identify asbestos and eliminate it safely for the health of your family.
The Nature of Asbestos
First and foremost, in order to develop mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer caused by asbestos, one must be exposed to asbestos on a regular basis for years. This disease is most commonly found in workers of particular fields like mining or demolition sites for older contaminated buildings, for example.
When ingested or touched, asbestos fibres bring no cause for concern. When they are inhaled, however, it can be dangerous. This is because these needle-like fibres settle into the lungs and cause nodules to form (scarring), eventually leading to asbestosis.
Because this normally happens in people who are heavily exposed to asbestos regularly over the course of many years, minimal exposure in children poses low risk. These fibres are solid and fall out of the air fast, making them difficult to inhale unless the air is filled with them.
Where is Asbestos Found?
Besides schools, older homes or residential strata buildings, asbestos can be found in many items ranging from old tape to Christmas decorations. This can be a concern if you have children rummaging through old boxes of vintage items when things were still being manufactured with asbestos.
In recent times, children’s makeup kits were found to be contaminated with asbestos. How? Talcum powder (talc) is one of the most widely used minerals in makeup and is used to absorb moisture and offer smooth application. A lot of the time (especially in low quality, cheap children’s makeup kits, it can be contaminated with asbestos. This is because, during the process of mining talc, it can become cross-contaminated with other minerals, in this case, asbestos.
What’s the Risk?
Unless your child is playing with this makeup constantly and roughing it up, creating dust clouds on a regular basis, the risk remains low. However, this still means that thorough research should be done before letting your child play with low-grade makeup, or even old vintage items sitting in the attic.
If you have concerns about your child’s school, the products or toys they play with or your own home being contaminated with asbestos, get in touch with us. We would be happy to further inform you about contamination and provide you with asbestos abatement Vancouver services.