Asbestos

Asbestos workers are at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, which for generations was employed in both commercial and residential settings for a myriad of uses generally associated with the mineral’s recognized tensile strength.

The prolific use of asbestos in these settings has exposed thousands of individual workers and their families to this toxic agent. Between 1940 and 1970, approximately 27.5 million individuals are estimated to have suffered potential asbestos exposure. Over one billion square feet of asbestos-containing insulation can be found in nearly 200,000 buildings in the United States alone. It has also been estimated that nearly one million individuals have been exposed to asbestos arising from asbestos brake and clutch work.

Asbestos Resources & Links

Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) -- Asbestos Information provides links to a variety of Web sites discussing asbestos-related health and safety issues.
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/index.html

OSHA Fact Sheet: Better Protection Against Asbestos in the Workplace describes current regulations and methods for compliance for workplace safety from asbestos exposure.
http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/toc_fact.html

The American Lung Association's Occupational Lung Disease Fact Sheet describes occupational lung diseases caused by asbestos and other toxic substances and gives helpful information about disease prevention.
http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=35334

The American Cancer Society's Asbestos Page provides a comprehensive description of asbestos, its risks, diseases, prevention, and additional resources.
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_2_1X_What_is_mesothelioma_29.asp?sitearea=

The National Institute of Public Safety and Health (NIOSH)'s Report to Congress on Workers' Home Contamination Study conducted as part of the Workers' Family Protection Act describes the health effects of asbestos and other toxic substances workers may unknowingly expose their families to through their work clothing.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/contamin.html

The Environmental Protection Agency's page on Asbestos-Containing Materials provides examples of products that are known to have contained asbestos.
http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/6pd/asbestos/asbmatl.htm

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