2015 is right around the corner, and asbestos is still not banned in the United States of America. Despite the known dangers, this naturally-occurring mineral is still used in consumer products, still found within homes and military bases, and still causing deadly asbestos-related diagnoses every day. When will it stop?
Asbestos use in America slowed down in the 1970s, but our country is still affected by that exposure all those years ago. Miners, construction workers, and other blue-collar workers are at high risk for developing asbestos-related diseases after working conditions exposed them to asbestos fibers in their most dangerous form. The latency period of these deadly diseases can be anywhere from five to seventy years, meaning many did not see or feel the effects of their exposure until after retirement.
Employers and contractors still fail to follow strict rules and regulations involving the handling of asbestos on the job. Every day, violations happen with little regard for the health of individuals in our country. Doctors and scientists agree that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, yet asbestos is still not banned in America.
Do you think asbestos should be banned completely in the United States? There are many out there that do.
Please feel free to share your opinion or a personal struggle with asbestos exposure within a comment below.