For decades, asbestos was used by manufacturers of countless products. Today, it is known to be a deadly carcinogen that can result in serious diseases.
Thanks to modern knowledge about asbestos and what it can do, few manufacturers still use it. While true, you may wonder if some products could contain asbestos.
How is asbestos used today?
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has proposed banning all asbestos manufacturing, processing, and distribution. While this proposal seems to make sense, it is something chemical companies staunchly oppose.
Today, chrysotile asbestos is still being used for the following:
- Diaphragms for processing chlorine
- Brakes and friction products for vehicles
- Aftermarket auto brakes and linings
The use of asbestos is mainly industrial; however, the risk of working with this material is still present. According to the EPA’s risk evaluation, those who work with this material face an “unreasonable” risk. Unfortunately, those who work with asbestos are not the only ones in danger. Mechanics and family members of individuals working with asbestos products may be in danger when they use these asbestos-containing products.
Asbestos-containing products are still prevalent around the country
While manufacturers using products made with asbestos are part of the problem, the bigger issue is an extensive history of using asbestos-containing products for various things.
Building materials and other items from before the 1970s are still in place, and these things likely contain this dangerous substance. Products made with asbestos are safe until they wear down, and the substance becomes easily crumbled. This is when the fibers can become loose in the air and cause health issues for those nearby.
Unfortunately, asbestos-related health issues are still a huge concern today. If you have developed an illness due to exposure, you have legal rights to receive compensation.