Experts Warn Bakers of Mesothelioma Risks
Asbestos can help prevent fires, which makes it a common staple in kitchens for baking and cooking. However, thousands of pastry chefs were unaware of the dangers of using the mineral. Those who worked in a kitchen and developed mesothelioma should be aware of the link.
When the asbestos industry was booming, families of workers were at great risk. Workers often came home with asbestos fibers in their hair, work clothes, and tools. This exposed family members to the toxic substance and increasing their risk of related diseases.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) presented a Workers’ Home Contamination Study to Congress that showed “families of asbestos-exposed workers have been at increased risk of pleural, pericardial or peritoneal mesothelioma, lung cancer, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, and nonmalignant pleural and parenchymal abnormalities as well as asbestosis.”
Occupations that are at high risk for exposure in older buildings include firefighters, contractors, demolition workers, electricians, and plumbers. But, bakers never even knew their profession exposed them to the deadly carcinogen.
Bakers and Mesothelioma
In 2001, The American Journal of Industrial Medicine published a study linking mesothelioma and bakers and pastry cooks. There were eight cases of biscuit cooks who developed mesothelioma. Further research led to the discovery that older bread-baking ovens contained the carcinogen. Asbestos lined the ovens for fireproofing since the mineral kept the flames within the oven.
However, as the bakers used the oven, the asbestos fibers loosened. The employee would inhale the fibers, or it would get into the food. Thousands could be sick from it without knowing. It is important that if you were a baker or pastry check and developed mesothelioma that your employer could be responsible.
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