One of the little-known dangers that exists while traveling is the risk of sustained asbestos inhalation. While asbestos is often associated with work in construction and the automotive fields, carelessness can often lead to sustained inhalation of asbestos. Asbestos is, when airborne, largely colorless and odorless. Because of this, it’s often not noticed in areas it should be. Travelers are often unaware of environmental hazards in the environments that they visit, and because of this, the risk of asbestos exposure is considerably greater.
According to Shrader & Associates, when traveling there are a few precautions that can be taken to avoid the risk of unnecessary asbestos inhalation. While there’s no way to predict every situation, common mistakes—which have far-reaching negative consequences—can be avoided. With a few smart tips, you and your family can remain safe and relatively free from asbestos contamination. Taking some simple precautions can help travelers avoid illnesses related to asbestos exposure later.
Asbestos is Legal and Common in Many Parts of the U.S and Other Countries
It’s important to note that while asbestos is no longer used in a lot of modern construction due to its well-documented health hazards that this rule is not universal, even throughout the United States. There are many countries that continue to produce and use asbestos without concern for potential health risks later. So the first thing to consider when traveling is whether the region to which you’re traveling has a lax policy (or none at all) on asbestos use. Making sure that you avoid asbestos heavy areas in such situations is paramount. Throughout the world, over 107,000 people each year are exposed to asbestos and are at risk for asbestos related illnesses according to the World Health Organization.
Avoid Older Hotels And Study Your Surroundings When Traveling
One of the easiest ways to avoid asbestos, whether or not the area is still using asbestos regularly, is to stay at newer hotels. Newer hotels are often using the latest techniques in construction, and while asbestos may be infrequently used in piping, it’s rarely used to insulate walls, for example. Older hotels and cottages were often constructed with asbestos and there is a much higher chance (particularly depending on the construction itself) of asbestos exposure. Often there are cracks and drafts in older edifices increasing the possibility of asbestos exposure. Taking stock of your hotel room (or avoiding an older hotel altogether) will help reduce the chance you’re exposed to asbestos.
Stick to More Well-Worn Paths
One of the easiest ways to avoid potential asbestos exposure, though it may seem counter-intuitive when traveling for leisure, is to stick with the well-worn path. Out of the way, quiet locations sound nice on the surface, but the truth is that you are usually dealing with lower maintenance and older properties, which substantially increase your chance of asbestos exposure. It may be more expensive to deal with the “central” hotels, but in exchange you can usually have the peace of mind that asbestos exposure may have already been dealt with and that your chances of exposure are substantially reduced.
In short, know your environment, avoid potential hotspots for asbestos, and stick with the most popular areas. Always inspect for cracks and drafts in insulation. These tips may seem to put a slight inconvenience on travelers, but they can save those travelers future headaches from inadvertent asbestos exposure.
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