There was a remarkable number of everyday household objects, as well as commercial/industrial components containing asbestos material, manufactured up until the 1970s and 1980s, many of which, would simply not be suspected of containing the toxic mineral.

The long-term risk of the presence of these hidden time bombs have, all too often, been demonstrated. The 15-50 year latency periods associated with asbestos-related disease have meant that the symptoms of asbestosis, or the more deadly mesothelioma, appear late in life. Establishing direct causal links can present many difficulties, not least when an asbestosis lawyer representing the plaintiff, pursues a claim for asbestos compensation.

Asbestos, known for its durability and fire and heat resistant qualities, is of course, most well known for being used in building materials, such as ceiling and floor tiles, industrial pipe lagging or commonly used fire proofing materials, such as the fire blanket or mineral wool for roof insulation.
However, less well-known uses of asbestos occurred in the production of certain types of plastic products, such as PVC, nylon and polypropylene, as it was thought at the time to make products safer and longer-lasting.

The deadly list continues with such items as sheet packing, corrugated paper, thermal paper, emulsion adhesive, gloves, curtains, decorative plaster, fume hoods, tape, rope and even wallpaper.

The dangers of secondary asbestos exposure are also well known yet there was little or no asbestos awareness of the likelihood of contracting asbestosis from an everyday household object. Asbestos could be uncovered as electrical insulation in clothes irons and hair dryers, fireproof pads with soldering irons, hidden in potting mixtures, babypowder and popcorn!

Even today, some 30 to 40 years after the ban on asbestos manufacture was implemented, many households and former working premises still contain asbestos hidden within the building fabric or long forgotten appliances in storage. The secret killers may only be discovered when former factory or household properties are being demolished or their land sites redeveloped.