Decades after asbestos was banned from being used in the construction of residences, commercial buildings, and facilities, people are still dying from exposure today. Mesothelioma, a cancer which is caused by long-term exposure to asbestos, is still claiming lives despite the fact that the substance has been banned from new construction and removed from thousands of buildings starting in the late 1970s.
While most people who succumb to mesothelioma were exposed decades ago, there are still younger people who are dying from this rare form of cancer. This means that the presence of asbestos is still affecting young people despite strict enforcement from federal regulators.
Sources of Asbestos
For the most part, the younger people who have contracted mesothelioma did so because of exposure due to the renovation or demolition of structures that contained asbestos. This means that asbestos is still present in many older buildings that are being renovated for new services or demolished to make way for new structures.
The result is that asbestos fibers float in the air and are inhaled by unsuspecting people who may have no idea they are breathing it in. This is because mesothelioma usually takes decades to develop and many will not remember when they were exposed to the asbestos. However, it should be noted that asbestos is still being used in certain products.
Asbestos Uses Today
It is true that mining creates about 350 tons of asbestos debris annually which puts those who work in such areas in danger. Because of the presence of asbestos in nature, it can be difficult to avoid exposure completely in mining operations. However, there are simple steps that are followed by those who work in such areas to prevent the fibers from entering the lungs.
It may seem strange that anyone would include asbestos in certain products knowing the dangers that it presents. Since 2002, the US has banned all use of asbestos in all products manufactured within the country. Until then, it was common to find small amounts of asbestos used in appliances to prevent heat damage to components.
However, many other countries still use asbestos in the creation of fertilizers, alkaline batteries, and even soap. Such products are imported to the US and used daily, although the risk of developing mesothelioma as a result is relatively small. This is mostly because the asbestos present is in small amounts that are locked into a protected space.
Call Brickley Environmental
If you believe that your home, office, or facility has asbestos present, call the experts at Brickley Environmental. We offer the knowledge, experience, and tools to identify the presence of asbestos and take safe measures to remove the threat.