17. Asbestos exposure can create long-term health issues.
Asbestos was used as an insulation material for years before the dust was linked to lung cancer. People have known about the danger of asbestos for years, but older buildings – like schools, older homes, or older public buildings – may still put you at risk of exposure.
Inhaling asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer that doesn’t cure it. Insulation, fireproofing products, older consumer products, and construction materials all can contain asbestos. If you live in an older home, make sure to have it checked by an asbestos professional. If you’re concerned that your workplace may put you at risk of exposure, speak to your HR department or another person in charge to arrange an inspection.