It is a fact that electricians often face asbestos exposure on the job, which can lead to fatal diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. That is why the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has created rules and regulations regarding the handling of the substance while on the job.
While OSHA has set strict requirements for companies that employ electricians who might deal with asbestos on the job, DIYers are often put at risk during their projects and renovations. If you are an electrician, you should familiarize yourself with the potential risks you face at the workplace.
While asbestos use has been discontinued in many wiring and construction materials, older homes and structures still put electrical trade workers at risk for exposure. Not only was asbestos used in older wiring for insulation and fireproofing reasons, but electricians also encounter asbestos when cutting through walls or handling ceiling tiles.
OSHA states that electrical insulation and mounting materials are a generic type of potential asbestos-containing materials, and “must be treated as asbestos unless the material is known or determined not to contain asbestos.” It is not uncommon for electrical components and motors to contain asbestos, which can potentially become airborne and breathed in by electricians. This is why strict rules must be followed by electricians who are likely to come into contact with the substance while at work.
If you are an electrician who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease due to exposure at work, you might be eligible for compensation. Speaking with an asbestos or mesothelioma lawyer sooner than later is a good idea.