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Old 02-05-2012, 05:40 AM   #1
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Potential asbestos exposure

Hey there everyone. This may seem like nothing, but I just have to get this off my chest.

About 5 years ago I was cleaning up in a shed at work. In one corner the residents were storing about 4-5 large gray plates that they informed me were made out of asbestos. I just let them be and didn't bother them at all.

But now I got this annoying fear that because I was sweeping the floor that I would have stirred up a lot of asbestos fibers. The plates were clearly removed from another house and they weren't broken into small pieces so I don't see why I would think that.

Being a complete hypochondriac it feels like I'm going to obsess over this for the rest of my life. At least every other fear I've had I could in some way disprove, but this is going to haunt me forever. Sigh...

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Old 02-05-2012, 08:08 AM   #2
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Re: Potential asbestos exposure

One exposure should not be a problem. It's being in an environment where tiny particles of asbestos were in the air for years that is the big problem. You'd be surprised how many businesses used asbestos and there was no form of protection for the workers.

We lived in a house with asbestos coated pipes and when one started to crumble, simply wrapped it up tightly with plastic wrap and tapped it over. There was even an old box of asbestos fibers left there. You could order it from a store and then you'd mix it with water and use the asbestos paste to coat and insulate. We simply sealed that too and eventually took it to a place that took toxic waste. As long as it wasn't floating around in the air, it was safe to handle.

I did check with an asbestos removal expert(PhD type) as to what to do before doing anything. I was assured that as long as we didn't have weekly parties where we threw it around like confetti, we were safe. You should be too.


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Old 02-05-2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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Re: Potential asbestos exposure

Thank you Jenny! That is very reassuring.

I'll admit, some of the first sites I saw when I googled asbestos had me extremely worried.

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