The terrible legacy of asbestos use throughout many manufacturing industries continues to this day with the claims for asbestos compensation predicted to continue for decades to come. Up until the 1970s and into the 1980s, asbestos could still be found in thousands of consumer products and materials where heat insulation or fire-resistance was necessary.
While some of these products were used to build homes, schools and commercial buildings, lack of asbestos awareness meant very often homeowners bought products containing asbestos without even knowing it. Small home appliances and products that contained asbestos could be found in nearly every room of the house. Some of the appliances were designed for use in the kitchen or in the bathroom, where the asbestos insulation properties would be used, for example, in preventing a hair dryer from overheating.
The use of asbestos in products such as hair dryers, which blow hot air directly into the breathable air around a user, were particularly dangerous for the user. Negligent manufacturers used asbestos in hair dryers because asbestos fibres are very poor conductors of heat, so wires or parts insulated with an asbestos heat shield would be effectively protected from the affects of heat.
Furthermore, when a heat shield composed of asbestos breaks down with age and use, the constituent asbestos particles may disintegrate and are released into the atmosphere. This makes hair dryers constructed with an asbestos heat shield particularly hazardous, because disintegrating asbestos particles could be blown directly into the breathable air of the user.
However, consumers and users of hair dryers were not properly protected from the effects of asbestos exposure. Most consumers were unaware that their hair dryers and other small home appliances contained asbestos, because manufacturers did not provide the essential information. The outcome of inadvertent asbestos exposure in this way, has in many circumstances, and after a long latency period, led to an asbestos related disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.
It was only after many individuals and families, without the benefit of today’s readily available asbestos advice from an asbestosis lawyer, began making an asbestosis claim through the law courts throughout the 19070s, did hair dryer makers discontinue the use of asbestos in their products.
Many claims for mesothelioma compensation were successful and helped many families to deal with the growing burden of medical care and treatments. However, the discontinuation of asbestos-containing hair dryers and other asbestos products came far too late for the thousands of consumers who had already been exposed and who later developed asbestos symptoms, the tragic outcomes of which, linger on still to this day.