Asbestos exposure in the workplace can lead to serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Certain occupations and job sites can put individuals at a higher risk for asbestos exposure. Watch this video of some of the trades that are at high risk for exposure. Asbestos exposure in the workplace can lead to serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. It is the responsibility of employers to protect their workers from asbestos exposure and ensure a safe working environment. Employees also have rights when it comes to asbestos exposure in the workplace.
Employer responsibilities include identifying asbestos-containing materials in the workplace, conducting regular air monitoring to assess employee exposure levels, and developing and implementing an asbestos management plan. Employers must also provide training and education to employees who may come into contact with asbestos-containing materials. This includes information about the health effects of asbestos exposure, how to identify asbestos-containing materials, and how to work safely around asbestos.
Employees also have rights when it comes to asbestos exposure in the workplace. This includes the right to know if they are working with or around asbestos-containing materials, the right to receive training and education about the health effects of asbestos exposure, and the right to access exposure monitoring and medical surveillance programs. Employees also have the right to refuse to work in conditions that they believe to be unsafe, including situations where they may be exposed to asbestos without proper protective equipment or training.