Asbestos has been used in countless industrial and consumer products because it has a very high resistance to heat and fire. There was a time when many products such as this were found in the home, and some still may be found today. Agricultural filler is a chemical that is added to polymeric compounds in order to change the chemical properties. These fillers were made from products that are agricultural in nature such as nuts, berries, corn, shell husks, and even grain. However, asbestos was often added to the filler to strengthen it, and the filler used as insulation during construction. This continued for many years in the construction industry. However, in the 1970’s restrictions were placed on the use of different asbestos products by the manufacturers of these fillers.
Today’s agricultural fillers are said to be safe, but the people who happened to be exposed to any of them before the dangers of asbestos were noted may suffer from illness still. These products did not necessarily contain a large amount of asbestos, but any amount of exposure to this dangerous mineral may cause serious health problems.
This is the reason it is very important for people who reside or are employed near a building where agricultural filler was used to be checked out by a doctor. They may have actually been exposed to asbestos when they breathed in fibers during construction time, and it can prove dangerous. There have been cases of people being exposed to asbestos-containing agricultural fillers who were diagnosed with dangerous diseases such as pleural plaques, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. Doctors recommend that individuals who think they may have been exposed to any type of agricultural asbestos materials be examined to ensure their safety.