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Families in Puerto Rico Reminded of Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Hazards

Zimmetry Environmental provides testing and consulting services to identify and mitigate asbestos exposure risks to protect workers and their families.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE

The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) states that significant exposure to any type of asbestos will increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Recently, the St. Louis Record published a story about a complaint that was filed at the St. Louis Circuit Court. The complaint alleges several companies “failed to warn of the dangerous effects of inhaling, ingesting or otherwise absorbing asbestos.”
One of the plaintiffs was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma and claims that between the early 1950s and 1990, when both of his parents worked at the companies listed in the legal complaint, he was exposed to secondhand asbestos from his parents bringing it into their home when they came home from work. Cases like this have tragically occurred all across the United States, including here in Puerto Rico.
The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) states that significant exposure to any type of asbestos will increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. The ATSDR also reports that asbestos-related disease has been diagnosed in not just workers that dealt with asbestos and asbestos-containing materials, but also with family members. The National Cancer Institute states that this risk is thought to result from exposure to asbestos fibers brought into the home on the shoes, clothing, skin and hair of workers. This exposure to family members is often referred to as secondhand, secondary or take-home asbestos exposure.
“Asbestos has many unique properties which is why it was used for decades in thousands of commercial products and building materials,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Unfortunately, these same asbestos-containing materials can also release fibers into the air when they are disturbed or as they age and become friable. They are still a major issue when homes, schools and institutions containing asbestos are renovated or demolished if they are not handled properly.”
To protect workers, their families and to help companies comply with asbestos regulations, the professionals at Zimmetry Environmental provide testing and consulting services for asbestos and other regulated materials in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean.  They also recently sponsored an educational video about asbestos and secondhand exposure that can be seen at:
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their asbestos, indoor air quality, environmental, occupational and compliance consulting services, please visit, call (787) 995.0005 or email .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals, and Fortune 500 companies.  The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America.  The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality (IAQ), asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs, and general environmental consulting services.

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