Everyday Items That May Contain Asbestos

Most people are aware that asbestos was used widely within the construction industry and that old buildings, ceilings and floor tiles may contain this dangerous substance. But did you know that asbestos was also widely used in manufacturing?

For many years, some of the items and products that we use every day or on a regular basis were made with asbestos. Used for its high heat resistance, strength and insulating properties, asbestos was often added to various products despite its toxic nature. Unaware of the dangers, thousands of us continued to use the items that we previously thought were safe.

5 Items That May Contain Asbestos

Talcum Powder: Talc is household substance around the world and used in widely across the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry as well as chalk and ceramics. Talc and asbestos can be found in close proximity on the earth's surface which often results in contamination when the minerals are extracted. 

Books: Many reports show that asbestos was used widely used in bookbinding. Evidence of this dates back to the mid-1900s, and many early editions of books that were bound in this period could contain asbestos in the binding.

Hairdryers: Most handheld hairdryers contained asbestos right up to the 1980s. This was extremely dangerous as the hairdryer would blow the asbestos directly into the user's airways causing them to breathe in the dangerous fibres.

Toasters: In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, toasters were manufactured with an alarmingly high amount of asbestos. The asbestos was attached to the heating elements to provide heat insulation as well to the wires and cord to provide electrical insulation.

Children's Toys: Asbestos has been discovered within hundreds of different children's toys including crayons and modelling clay. When children put these toys into their mouths, as children do, they were at risk of ingesting the harmful asbestos fibres on a daily basis.

Ban Asbestos Products

Thankfully, asbestos use has greatly diminished around the world and the majority of these items no longer contain asbestos. However, it is still legal to use asbestos in some countries including Greece, Italy, Canada, Russia, America, China and India. The only way to ensure 100% asbestos free products in the future is if a worldwide ban on its use is put in place.


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