We often hear of employers being fined for asbestos violations on the job, but do you ever wonder who enforces those laws and regulations that are so often broken? Put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), these regulations have been put into place to protect employees from asbestos exposure while at work.
In the U.S., asbestos can be found within consumer products of all kinds. It is also present in many factories, buildings, and homes that are worked in and around, every day. Employers of workers within occupations that involve potential exposure to asbestos have been required to follow strict OSHA laws since 1971, when the first asbestos regulations were implemented by the administration.
Since the first standards were issued over forty years ago, new information regarding the risks of exposure as well as concerns from worried workers and public health groups have prompted modifications. The strict guidelines have evolved over the years and current regulations are in place to reduce occupational exposure to the toxic substance.
All too often, these rules and regulations are overlooked, and workers are needlessly exposed to a hazardous carcinogen that can result in serious respiratory diseases, including cancer. The risk to all involved with asbestos exposure far outweighs the time and money employers think they save by avoiding the laws. Employers can be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars and even be sent to prison if found guilty of violating OSHA’s asbestos regulations.
Have you been exposed to asbestos at work? Many workers are entitled to monetary compensation after occupational exposure occurs and asbestos-related diseases develop. Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced asbestos attorney today.