An iron rest acts as a heat-resistant barrier between a hot iron and the ironing surface or storage space. Asbestos was added to iron rests to increase their heat and fire resistance.
Asbestos in Iron Rests Explained
Asbestos was widely embraced during the 20th century as a durable, inexpensive, lightweight and fire-resistant material. It was added to everything from home insulation, to brake pads and hair dryers.
Iron rests come into direct contact with very high heat. Before the dangers of asbestos were widely known, it was a logical choice for manufacturers to enhance their ability to handle high temperatures with the addition of asbestos.
Who Was Exposed to Asbestos in Iron Rests?
Those who manufactured asbestos-containing iron rests are at the highest risk of asbestos exposure. During the process of adding the asbestos to the iron rest, fibers would have become airborne and been inhaled by workers and anyone else present in the factory environment.
Ironing Put People at Risk of Exposure
People who used iron rests on a regular basis could possibly have inhaled stray fibers over the course of decades of regular household ironing.
Those who worked in commercial ironing or dry cleaning facilities would have spent more time working with asbestos-containing iron rests. As a result, they were more at risk of inhaling asbestos fibers that were released from iron rests.
Household Risks of Asbestos in Iron Rests
Once the dangers of asbestos became common knowledge in the 70s and 80s, government regulations and consumer demand slowly removed asbestos products from the market.
However, it did not occur to many people that household products like iron rests contained the hazardous material. Countless iron rests remained in the homes of Americans for decades after the product was pulled from the shelves. If you are currently using an iron rest manufactured before the 1980s, it is time to upgrade to a newer silicone model.
Commercial iron rests may have remained in use after they were known to be dangerous due to the costs associated with upgrading equipment. A business owner may not have considered the health risks from the iron rests to be significant enough to warrant replacing them.
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Health Risks of Asbestos in Iron Rests
When asbestos fibers become airborne, they pose a danger to people nearby who can inhale or ingest the particles. The microscopic fibers lodge in the tissue linings of the chest and abdominal cavities. Once inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers are impossible to remove.
Inhaling Asbestos May Lead to Mesothelioma
Over time, lodged asbestos fibers cause many health conditions, including mesothelioma—a rare form of cancer caused by cell mutations triggered by asbestos.
Mesothelioma occurs within the pleura, peritoneum or pericardium (chest, abdomen or heart). Mesothelioma can take 10-50 years for symptoms to appear. Once diagnosed, patients face a poor prognosis. They require specialized and aggressive treatments to remove mesothelioma tumors or slow the disease progression.
Other conditions and symptoms caused by asbestos include:
- Pleural plaque (thickening of the lung lining)
- Asbestosis (scarring of the lung tissue)
- Lung cancer
- Abdominal cancers
Seeking Justice for Mesothelioma
Many companies that manufactured asbestos products are have been found negligent and liable for causing health problems, like mesothelioma, in those who used their products. Asbestos Trust Funds have been set up by asbestos product manufacturers and suppliers to help those fighting mesothelioma manage medical costs, lost wages and support their families.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and worked with asbestos products like iron rests, contact the Justice Support Team. Call us at (888) 360-4215 or request a FREE Mesothelioma Justice Guide to learn more about seeking compensation for mesothelioma.