It has been reported that around ninety Fresno Police Department employees may have been exposed to asbestos, which is a potentially deadly carcinogenic. The ninety employees found out earlier this week that they may have been exposed to asbestos as a result of construction work. Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma.

The exposure occurred as a result of construction workers installing fire suppressing equipment, and as they were fitting this they found that they may have disturbed materials that could contain asbestos. By this time the construction work had been going on for over a week according to the report.

The work was being carried out in a couple of rooms that were close to the communications center at the police station. It is said to have been city employees that realized that materials containing asbestos may have been disturbed while the work was being carried out.

Among the ninety employees that may have been affected by the exposure were a number of dispatchers who were working in that area. It is also thought that workers and other people could have carried fibers and dust on their clothing into the communications center.

Be Sociable, Share!