Since the materials used to build many of the buildings in America contained asbestos, it is not uncommon to find the substance in older schools. Asbestos can often be found in floor and ceiling tiles, acoustical plaster, pipe insulation, and other materials. Fortunately the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) exists to protect students and school employees from exposure on campus.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. As a nation, we reflect on the lives lost and all of those affected by the events of that day.
Have you been exposed to asbestos? Many victims wonder where their exposure occurred and who is responsible for their asbestos-related diseases. In the cases of those that file lawsuits or claims, knowing who is to blame for their condition is essential information that will help them attain compensation. Let's take a look at some common culprits of asbestos exposure:
We often talk about how men are at risk for developing mesothelioma in their lifetime because they were likely to suffer prolonged asbestos exposure at blue-collar jobs. In the 20th century, more men than women held positions such as an insulator, firefighter, or boilermaker, but that does not mean that women were 100% safe from asbestos.
At the end of 2015, the first responders present during the 9/11 terrorist attacks won a huge victory: the Zadroga Act passed through Congress, extending their health care program from 75 years. In September, Congress had failed to reauthorize funding for health care, but in December, both the House and the Senate voted to extend the deadline.
While most of those diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases are well past retirement, younger victims are still out there. Exposure to older asbestos products and secondary exposure have led to debilitating diseases in younger individuals today.
We often hear about workers being exposed to asbestos on the job, but did you know that students face exposure at school, as well? Until the 1970s, nearly every school in the United States was constructed with asbestos-containing products.
Asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral that is known to cause life-threatening diseases, is currently present in the thirty-four schools that make up the Hayward Unified School District in California. The presence of the substance puts 20,878 students at risk for exposure.
The attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 affected the lives of many individuals, especially those responding to the emergency. Firefighters, EMTs, and other first-responders received large doses of asbestos exposure that is continuing to affect their health today.
With Spring beginning, residents in rural areas are getting ready to burn their unwanted rubble from the winter months. Unfortunately, this routine maintenance can turn into a deadly situation if the individual is unaware of the laws and regulations set in place for the activity.