Asbestos has grown more popular over the last several years, as more people are realizing the actual dangers of asbestos exposure. We see law commercials and billboards and news articles and documentaries all surrounding asbestos and the hazards it causes. With all the media hype and the hard facts that asbestos is a hazard to humans, you would think asbestos would be banned in the United States. Shockingly, it is not prohibited and only regulated.
Asbestos has been banned in areas around the world. In fact, 55 countries have banned asbestos, but the United States and Canada are not on the list. You would think that the United States would entirely ban such a dangerous fiber, but instead, they have enacted laws and regulations surrounding asbestos.
Asbestos kills people. It is plain and simple. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other severe respiratory illnesses. These illnesses are severe and can cause lifelong illnesses. Asbestos is found in older buildings, homes, and even newly constructed properties. Many do not realize that asbestos is not banned and could still be in their newly built homes. This is a cause of concern, as families believe they are safe in their homes until they are exposed to such a dangerous fiber. Asbestos exposure is not clear-cut. You do not know the moment you have been exposed. Asbestos will stay inactive in your body for up to a decade, where it will then begin to cause symptoms. These symptoms could be the start of a respiratory illness and even cancer.
Asbestos regulations do limit the use of asbestos and rules or in place to protect people from exposure, but with asbestos not being banned, there is always a chance for exposure. The best way to protect yourself is through education. A strong knowledge of asbestos and being proactive with asbestos testing can keep you safe from asbestos exposure.