Free Screenings For Asbestos
We use the following as a guideline in determining whether you qualify for a free screening:
Direct Exposure – Trade-related: Did you work in a trade with a high risk of asbestos exposure? Such trades include insulators, pipe fitters, plumbers, boiler makers, plasterers, iron workers, sheet metal workers/tinsmiths, millwrights, welders, electricians, painters, bricklayers (especially those who lined boilers), automobile and/or heavy equipment mechanics, crane operators, drywall and sheetrock workers, and construction laborers who cleaned up after or worked with any of these trades.
Indirect Exposure – Work: Where you worked is an important criterion. Did you work in an industrial setting known to contain substantial amounts of asbestos insulation such as steel mills; foundries; taconite plants; paper mills; power houses; or facilities that manufactured roofing materials, composite boards, or ceiling tile; creameries; breweries; sugar beet plants; oil and gas refineries; gasification plants; or shipyards?
Indirect Exposure – Home: Did you live in a home where any of the above-described workers wore their work clothing home and/or laundered the clothing in the home?
When Exposure Occurred: Asbestos was heavily used prior to 1980 and much of it still remains in place in homes and commercial settings. You may have been exposed just living in a home where construction and/or remodeling was performed. This can especially be true of diseases, such as mesothelioma, which can be contracted even though there is no history of heavy asbestos exposure.
Length of Exposure: The number of years you have been exposed is an important factor. The more years of exposure, the greater your risk. However, some workers with very heavy asbestos exposure for as little as three or four months often will have abnormal chest x-rays.
Time Since Exposure: The number of years that have passed since your exposure is also very important. Generally, it takes at least 15 to 20 years before asbestos changes begin to show up on chest x-rays. Some changes do not appear until 30 or 40 years after exposure. There are, however, exceptions where x-ray changes show up as little as 10 years after exposure.
Other Factors: If you think that you have been exposed to asbestos or if you have been told by your doctor that you have chest x-ray changes which indicate asbestos exposure, please contact us so that we can assess your risk and determine whether or not you qualify for a free asbestos screening.
If we determine you are at substantial risk of contracting asbestos disease, we will arrange to have your chest x-ray reviewed by an expert in diagnosing asbestos-related conditions. The cost of the opinion will be paid by this office.