As asbestos sits in the middle of controversy, it still has a long way to go. Laws and regulations are being enacted every day, but we still have a way to go in protecting the people of the United States from asbestos exposure. Asbestos caused cancers and other illnesses that can be life-threatening, yet asbestos is still not banned in the United States. Below we will discuss the future of asbestos in America.
Most older cases of asbestos exposure were from jobs such as mining, construction, shipyard workers, and military personnel. Today, even more, occupations are at the forefront of the war on asbestos exposure. School teachers, car technicians, and factory workers are now showing illnesses from asbestos exposure. Laws and regulations are being put in place to protect workers, but it isn’t enough. Many laws and regulations are not followed the way they should be, allowing workers to become exposed. Many buildings still contain asbestos. Schools, older buildings, and even homes are still testing positive for asbestos-containing materials. Luckily, scientist, doctors, and lawmakers have begun to take notice of the asbestos crisis. This should lead to even more laws and regulations on asbestos.
Asbestos is Still Legal
After all the lawsuits and illnesses involving exposure t thiss hazardous fiber, asbestos is still legal in the United States. While it is being better regulated, asbestos is still being seen in some construction materials, car parts, and heat resistant items. With asbestos not being banned, it could be inside newer homes and buildings. All buildings and homes should be tested and inspected for asbestos, as it is the only way we will ever be able to stop asbestos exposure.
If you own a home or business, you must have the property tested for asbestos. Asbestos fibers are so small, they can not be seen, making it impossible to know if your property has it. They only way is through lab testing. While we have made strides in protecting the United States from asbestos exposure, we still have a way to go. The only way to protect yourself is by testing your property and being aware of your working conditions.