Plasterers and Exposure to Asbestos
Many building materials, such as plasters, construction mastics, joint compounds, wall treatments, sealants, textured paints and plastic patching compounds contain some level of asbestos, so there is a risk that plasterers may be exposed to asbestos. If a plasterer is working with an asbestos-containing material, and they are cutting, drilling, sanding or grinding, asbestos dust and fibers can get released into the air and they can inhale it.
There is a greater chance to encounter asbestos if a plasterer is working on a building or home that is older. During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, decorative plaster was often used and it contained asbestos. If this plaster is removed, it can release asbestos fibers into the air that plasterers can end up breathing in.
Mesothelioma and Plasterers
Plasterers may only now be diagnosed with mesothelioma even if they have not worked with asbestos-containing products for decades since the cancer has a long latency period. Mesothelioma is a cancer in the lung’s lining or abdomen, and it is caused by exposure to asbestos.