Chimney Sweeps & Asbestos Exposure Risks

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Chimney sweeps may encounter asbestos, arsenic and other carcinogenic substances on the job. This kind of occupational exposure has caused a number of chimney sweeps to develop cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Chimney sweeps are advised to wear respiratory protection to reduce their exposure to toxic substances. Ordinary dust masks and filtering facepiece respirators do not sufficiently filter out microscopic asbestos fibers.

Thankfully, asbestos use in fireplaces and chimneys was phased out in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1977, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned asbestos-containing artificial fireplace ash and embers. The ban included gas logs frosted with the artificial ash.

Other asbestos materials in fireplaces were phased out without bans because the public was becoming aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure and companies wanted to avoid liability.
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