I Could Have Been Exposed to Asbestos Through My Hair Dryer?

February 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

One place where you may have least expected to find asbestos is in a handheld hair blow dryer. Blow dryers were often manufactured using asbestos, but it took a photographer to discover that the dryers actually emitted asbestos fibres.

The photographer was drying film negatives with a blow dryer, and noted small flecks of dust on the negatives, which turned out to be asbestos. It was found that exposure to asbestos through use of a hair dryer was comparable to—or even higher than—exposure near construction sites.

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