When your child gets on the school bus every morning, the last thing you expect is that he or she is being driven to a classroom contaminated with dangerous asbestos. While this may sound surprising to many, the sad reality is that school administrators aren't necessarily required by law to remove asbestos, even if they know it is there.
Thanks to a recent decision by the California Supreme Court, mesothelioma victims in the Golden State now have additional legal protections available if they were ever exposed to asbestos by their housemates.
According to a new study presented at the annual International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer conference, researchers claim to have identified a possible new biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is an often-deadly form of cancer typically caused by asbestos exposure.
According to criminal charges recently filed by federal prosecutors, a Denver apartment complex released asbestos from two of its towers into the air during a renovation from January to February of 2014.
By now, most people are well aware of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure. What many do not know, however, is that countless homes throughout the country still contain this dangerous substance. In fact, you may have asbestos in your home right now and not even know it.
For most of the 20th century, asbestos was widely used in the U.S. Navy, both in the shipyards were the vessels were built and onboard in a wide array of applications. This resulted in widespread asbestos exposure among Navy veterans, in many cases leading to disastrous health consequences in the decades that followed. Often, the disease remains undetected for a period of 20 to 50 years before resulting in a terminal diagnosis.
A salvage contract at a power production facility in Comstock Township, Michigan, led to a massive release of asbestos into the environment. Investigators reported that the amount of asbestos released may have been the most in Michigan since 1971. Three people plead guilty to violations of the Clean Air Act last week for their roles in the incident. The three could be sentenced to as much as five years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Asbestos is a known health hazard that is tightly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA requires specific measures to protect workers from exposure to asbestos fibers in the course of their employment. Six Illinois companies were recently cited for failure to abide by these regulations. Workers were not properly protected while doing work that may have exposed them to asbestos.
Asbestos fibers were once thought the perfect material to make artificial snow. Christmas time saw the mass distribution of the white, fibrous asbestos crystals in ornaments, statues, Christmas wreaths and other decorations. While the use of asbestos has decreased in the United States, the countless products made from asbestos can still be found in homes and buildings all over the country. Consumers need to be aware of the potential for harm when using older products. Before using the ornaments handed down from your parents or grandparents, you should check to make sure they do not contain deadly asbestos.
Many people wonder how much asbestos exposure is dangerous. The answer is any more exposure than none. A single exposure can cause a person to develop mesothelioma. The odds of getting this rare form of cancer go up with each moment spent in the presence of asbestos, of course, but if you have ever been exposed, you are in danger.