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5 Things You Didn't Know May Contain Asbestos

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Asbestos hides in more places than you’d guess. Used for its high heat resistance, strength and insulating properties, asbestos was often added to various products despite its toxic nature. Here are five everyday items that could contain asbestos: 

  • Bowling Balls - Historically, bowling balls were made of asbestos and fiberglass.Pro shop owners would inhale the deadly asbestos fibers when drilling holes into the equipment, raising their chances of developing mesothelioma. When the new bowling balls were placed on the racks for everyone’s use, there was no guarantee asbestos fibers wouldn’t be released into the bowling alley’s atmosphere or the user’s fingers.
  • Talcum Powder - The connection between talcum powder and asbestos involves the close proximity of the two minerals on the earth’s surface, which often results in contamination. 
  • Crayons - Asbestos has been discovered in crayons and other children's toys. Through independent tests, asbestos fibers were found in four of 28 boxes of crayons tested, and two of 21 crime-scene fingerprint kits. This is the third time in the last 15 years asbestos fibers were uncovered in licensed children’s products. As a result, Toys ‘R’ Us, Party City, Amazon.com, Dollar Tree, and other retailers pulled contaminated children’s products.
  • Books and Book Bindings - Major controversy ensued when the New York Times ran a blog about two science fiction first editions being bound in an abestos material. Surprisingly, “Fahrenheit 451” has a notorious past for being bound with asbestos in hopes the book would never be burned. It isn’t the first time book bindings contained asbestos. In fact, reports show bookbinders were exposed to asbestos in the mid-1900s.
  • Modeling Clay - ArtSkills Clay Bucket and Ja-Ru Toy Clay contained traces of asbestos, according to Environmental Working Group tests. Undisturbed asbestos typically does not carry the same dangers as airborne asbestos, but a problem arises when children put toys, such as clay or crayons, in their mouth. Ingesting asbestos can greatly increase the risk of developing peritoneal mesothelioma which occurs in the lining of the abdomen.

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Post Date: 5/11/2018

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