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Asbestos in Children’s Toys

Decades ago, when one thought of asbestos, it was generally associated with its many uses and versatility. Asbestos was heavily used throughout the 20th century in America and around the world because of its unique fire resistant properties and its abundance that made it so affordable. Insulation, pipe covering, roof and floor tiles are just a few of the many common household items that asbestos was used for, but a startling discovery only a couple decades ago  placed people, especially parents with young children, on high alert.Researchers discovered as recently as 2015 that deadly asbestos fibers were found in children’s...

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The Effects of Secondhand Exposure

The carcinogenic qualities of asbestos have affected hard working individuals who worked in industrial, chemical, electrical, and other trade settings for decades. Airborne asbestos fibers, once inhaled, can lead to many asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. What many may not know is the increase in secondhand exposure among spouses, children, and other family members due to the fact that workers would often carry home these invisible fibers – contaminating their entire house hold. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease because on average, more men worked in asbestos-contaminated industries. However, over the...

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Top 5 Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

One of the most common forms of asbestos exposure is occupational, rather than environmental. Its durability, affordability, and fire-resistant qualities made it a “jack-of-all-trades” material that could be used in many lines of work.  Certain occupations were more at risk than others during the rise of the asbestos industry in the early to mid-twentieth century. The following are the top five high risk positions for asbestos exposure:Railroad worker Asbestos was used throughout much of the railroad industry, especially when railroad travel became a popular mode of transportation. Asbestos was used for insulation on steam and diesel locomotives, steam generators, pipe...

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Progress In The Fight To Ban Asbestos

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward in accordance with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and naming asbestos, as well as nine other chemicals the first that will come under review for new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation.In June 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act as an amendment to the TSCA – a law that went into effect in 1976 after years of discovering common chemicals such as DDT and CFCs were harmful. For decades, loopholes in the TSCA has kept asbestos and other...

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Determining If There Is Asbestos In Your Home

If your home was built before 1980, then your home may contain asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used throughout the 20th century in household building materials such as roofing, siding, insulation, flooring and much more.  As asbestos lawsuits accrued and the dangers of asbestos became known, the carcinogen ceased being used in homes, but the lingering effects of such a widespread product continues to pose a threat to families. Asbestos found in the home today should be removed if possible, but since it hasn’t been used in such mass quantities for a generation, one might find it difficult in identifying the...

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