There are few substances that have caused more damage to health and public trust in the United States than asbestos. Louisiana has taken the brunt of asbestos' effects, with shipyard workers and industrial insulators often developing mesothelioma or other grave illnesses after prolonged exposure to the dust that the brittle solid creates.
Awareness can go a very long way in protecting Americans from life-threatening diseases and illnesses. Despite this, there are many occupations in our nation that expose workers to illness-causing materials or substances such as asbestos.
Concerns about asbestos exposure were centered around exposure in the workplace for most of the 20th century. The substance has been used in homes and kitchens, but it is generally considered unsafe when the solid tiles or tools begin to send dust into the air to settle in people's lungs and other organs.
The word asbestos has become a byword for something suspiciously dangerous. The last five decades have featured the substance on lists of hazardous materials. But much of human history before then featured asbestos cookware, insulation or industrial materials.
Although asbestos is not commonly found in home improvement stores and construction depots anymore, it is still found in some homes and other buildings in Louisiana and other states. The material, often used in a solid form which can become airborne fibers, has been connected by medical experts to mesothelioma and other cancers.
Asbestos has almost become a catchphrase for the risks that many industrial workers and builders faced for much of the 20th century. The material has been in use since ancient history as an insulator against flame, among other advantages. Although warnings about the material's dangers existed in the 1930s, asbestos was not regulated in the United States until the 1970s.
The children's accessories makeup and accessories store Claire's has recalled various makeup sets from its shelves in recent months. Its latest voluntary recall was issued on June 9. The Claire's JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, Bath/Lot No. S180109 is thought to contain the harmful mineral asbestos, a known carcinogen.
Although asbestos is no longer in common use in the United States and other countries, abatement or removal is still continuing in many communities. Louisiana has a long history of manufacturing or assembling products with the crystaline fiber later assumed to be connected to lung cancer and other ailments of thoracic organs.
Many people across the country and here in Louisiana are under the impression that the only place you find asbestos these days is in old buildings. Unfortunately, that may not be the case.
Everyone who has been exposed to asbestos would like to think the stuff is sealed up in our past. The problematic fiber has been implicated in respiratory problems as serious as cancer in the last century, although it has been used in cookery and construction since the days of Ancient Greece.