The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration enacted workplace regulations to keep employees safe when working in asbestos-containing environments. These workplace regulations require employers to actively monitor the work environment including protecting their employees with proper gear, uniform and other protective equipment. For those who still work with asbestos products, it is recommended you take the following additional prevention steps:
- Change clothes at the workplace
- Shower at the end of the work day, before going home
- Storing workplace clothes separate from your other clothing items
For the prevention of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases that are non-occupational, regularly monitoring and checking places in your home that still contain asbestos products are suggested. It is recommended that any asbestos-containing products that still remain in your home be removed and replaced. Many work places have removed their asbestos products from work sites and buildings. Unfortunately, many who now have mesothelioma were exposed prior to when asbestos manufacturers disclosed the product's health hazards to the general public, including employers. The best prevention for mesothelioma is to not be around asbestos.