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How can I protect my children from dust disease and asbestosis?

Since the mid 1970's, there have been strict regulations protecting workers and the general public from exposure to asbestos and silica particles. However, that does not mean you cannot come into contact with asbestos. Your children may be at risk for developing a dust disease if they are frequently exposed to microscopic fibers of asbestos or silica, which are created when asbestos products or stones are destroyed. Exposure can still occur during construction and manufacturing, or when asbestos is being removed during a renovation. If you wish to remove asbestos in your house, leave it to a professional who is trained in safe removal techniques. If someone in your household works with or around construction, demolition, sand blasting, shipyards, or mining, it is very important that they are decontaminated before coming into contact with your children.

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