Handling Bagasse

Just watched Landline on ABC. One segment was about the use of bagasse in the sugar milling industry and into the research into creating value added products from it, which was very interesting.
But what I could not believe was that none of the persons interviewed including the mill manager, researchers and scientists wore gloves let alone a respirator whilst picking the stuff in their hands, despite it having been proven that it can cause pulmonary fibrosis.
We used to use it as garden mulch up until the health warnings were announced years ago, after which we avoided it like the plague.
With the ongoing crisis over asbestos, I would have expected that anyone working with bagasse would exercise caution.