Asbestos Exposure from Product Use

In addition to entering industrial environments contaminated by asbestos, consumers may have unknowingly exposed themselves to asbestos in their own homes by using products containing asbestos. Some of these products can become sources of asbestos exposure as they deteriorate, whereas others may have directly caused asbestos exposure upon use.

Household Products Known to Contain Asbestos

Consumers should take note of products that could contain asbestos as they are announced and take appropriate precautions. Those diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers should also explore the chance that their exposure happened as a result of using contaminated products. Talc is a mineral used in millions of different industrial and consumer product applications. Mines, where talc is obtained, are often contaminated with significant traces of asbestos.

Talc Based Products Containing Asbestos

Product manufacturers are required by law to remove any asbestos traces from talc before distribution, but these laws were not enacted until the early ‘90s, and many manufacturers are still found in violation after their products have been distributed. Below is a brief list of products known to contain talc:

  • Talcum powder
  • Children’s crayons
  • Children’s “crime scene fingerprinting” kits
  • Certain powder-based makeups
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants

Additional Asbestos-Containing Products:

  • Insulated appliances
  • Toasters
  • Deep fryers
  • Clothes irons
  • Potholders
  • Oven mitts
  • Dishwashers
  • Popcorn Poppers
  • Ovens and ranges
  • Slow cookers

Note that this list does not include construction and building products known to contain asbestos.

Should You File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by people diagnosed with cancer that could be linked to asbestos-contaminated talc.

Learn more about talc lawsuits

Health-Risks of Asbestos Exposure from Product Use

Using products which are known to contain asbestos can create a risk of asbestos exposure. These risks will correspond to how the product was used. For instance, using a popcorn popper that contained asbestos and had begun to deteriorate could cause either asbestos exposure by inhalation, asbestos exposure by swallowing or both. One risk for potential asbestos exposure unique to consumer products is the internal absorption of asbestos fibers as a result of the use of talcum powder products on the genitals and perineum. Absorbed fibers could lead to an increase in cervical cancers and ovarian cancers.

Asbestos Exposure Lawyers

If you or a loved have been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer and believe it may be from the result of using any asbestos-contaminated products we are here to support and answer any questions. Our experienced legal team will investigate your exposure and determine all responsible parties who may be liable for your condition and help you pursue the maximum possible compensation.