With the recent finding of asbestos in four brands of children’s crayons and two different toy crime lab kits, we thought this might be a perfect time to reflect on some more products that have been made with asbestos in the past.
Before the late 1980’s, it was not uncommon to see asbestos-containing products in homes all over the United States. Here are just a few of the common products U.S. consumers purchased for use:
Since asbestos was known for its resistance to heat, different internal parts of hand-held hair dyers were made with the mineral to prevent the product from overheating. It was later discovered that the hair dryers were actually blowing asbestos fibers directly at those using them.
Many kitchens in America contained asbestos-containing products, including toasters. Today collectors are at risk for exposure to the substance when handling the older products.
Talc, which is often found within cosmetics, has been known to become contaminated with asbestos fibers during the mining process. Many baby powders and feminine hygiene products made with talc have been linked to different cancers within users due to the asbestos present in them.
In the case of the crayons, talc has been the culprit of causing asbestos exposure amongst children in the past. In 2000 and 2007, crayons made with contaminated talc made their way to store shelves before testing positive for asbestos. If you worry about your child being exposed to asbestos by the products they are playing with, take a look back at Monday’s blog post to read about which brands to avoid.