The following post was provided by the folks at the Mesothelioma Cancer Center to remind us DIY types of the dangers that exist in many autootive applications. Especially risky are some of the compounds (like asbestos) that were in use back when your project car was built that are just waiting for you to blast away with an air line.
Repairing your own vehicle can be a great money saver, but it also puts your safety at risk. Many car enthusiasts who make DIY repairs to their vehicles may not be aware of the health risks they are taking.
Throughout most of the 20th century, asbestos was utilized by car manufacturers in brakes pads, linings, gaskets and clutches. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is flame resistant and very durable. These qualities made it an obvious choice for use in automobile manufacturing. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of a rare and fatal cancer known as mesothelioma. Today, as asbestos has not been totally banned from use, many of these products may still contain asbestos. This poses a severe health risk to auto mechanics and people who make DIY car repairs.
Exposure to asbestos one time does not always mean you will develop a related illness, but repeated exposure definitely raises the risk. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is not usually diagnosed until its later stages when it is more difficult to treat effectively. This is because the symptoms do not usually show up 15 to 25 years after initial exposure.
Because of the large amount of asbestos-related illnesses, mesothelioma lawyers are protecting victimsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rights by helping them file lawsuits against the companies who are responsible. Many of these companies were well aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure, but continued mass production anyways. Millions of people have been unjustly exposed for financial gain.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has set further standards in working with asbestos and avoiding auto-mobile exposure. By following their listed practices, car owners and mechanics can substantially minimize the chances of asbestos exposure.