When you think of occupations that put workers at risk of developing mesothelioma via asbestos exposure, you probably think of occupations in the construction and manufacturing fields. Although individuals in these fields are often exposed to asbestos at work, they are not the only ones. Individuals in many other fields, including some “softer” fields like cosmetology, can also be exposed to asbestos on the job and develop mesothelioma years after finishing their careers.
During the 19th and first half of the 20th century, asbestos could be found in nearly everything that had to be heat resistant. This included hair dryers, which can be quite dangerous to hair stylists because they can force asbestos particles out along with hot air in a rapid, constant stream. Hood-style “bonnet” dryers also contained asbestos, which could crack and put users and stylists at risk of exposure.
By the 1980s, asbestos was banned from most products in the United States. Individuals who entered the cosmetology profession after the 1980s are at a lower risk of asbestos exposure, but this does not mean that they were never exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Many salons continued to use dryers that contained asbestos for years after they stopped being produced, exposing workers to asbestos particles well into the 1990s or even beyond in some cases.
If you find that a dryer model you used at work contained asbestos, know that you have a heightened risk of developing mesothelioma and be on the lookout for its symptoms. If you are not sure if you worked with a dryer that contained asbestos, educate yourself about mesothelioma symptoms so you can recognize them if they develop, and visit a medical professional for a check-up. Although hairdressers are at the greatest risk of asbestos exposure because of their use of dryers, anybody who works in a salon, such as a receptionist or a nail technician, can be exposed to projectile asbestos particles.
If you worked as a hairdresser and you are now suffering from mesothelioma, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your damages by pursuing an asbestos exposure claim. To learn more, complete our online form or call Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler at 215-569-4000 or toll-free at 800–369–0899 to set up your initial consultation in our Philadelphia offices. Our team of Philadelphia asbestos lawyers represents clients from Philadelphia County, Chester County, Delaware County, and New Jersey.