Asbestos exposure is not a thing of the past. The use of asbestos in construction is a thing of the past though. Asbestos is still around, especially in old commercial buildings and old homes. If you live or work in a structure that has asbestos present you will likely want to know how to avoid exposure to this harmful product that causes mesothelioma and lung cancer.
One of the most important tips you can live by is that if you aren't sure if an object is made of asbestos, leave it alone until it can be verified that it is or is not made of asbestos. It is impossible to know just by looking at floor tiles or ceiling tiles if they contain asbestos.
You should obviously never touch, move or alter any item that is labeled as asbestos. It is unlikely that this item will cause you any issues by it simply being near you. Disturbing it, destroying it or moving it can release the particles into the air. This is when you will have issues with the asbestos getting into your body.
When it comes to avoiding asbestos exposure in the home you must first find out when your home was built. If it was constructed prior to 1980 there is a high likelihood that something in your home has asbestos in it. This can be the insulation, flooring, paint and much more. Have a licensed inspector visit your home to test for asbestos before doing anything else.
Have you been exposed to asbestos in New Orleans? If so, it's best to speak with an experienced attorney who handles asbestos-related cases about your situation. You have a right to compensation for any illnesses caused by the exposure.