Since the Environmental Protection Agency declared asbestos to be a hazard to human health in the late 1970s, many people think that exposure to the substance is a thing of the past. That is simply not the case. Today, many workers are exposed to asbestos on the job when employers violate the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s rules and regulations regarding the handling of asbestos-containing materials.
Asbestos is still legal in the United States, although there are strict laws put in place to keep workers and other citizens safe from exposure. Unfortunately, these laws are constantly being broken by individuals trying to save time and money.
Putting profits before employee health and safety should never be the priority of an employer. If you have been exposed to a toxic substance, like asbestos, at work and suffer from a related illness, you might be entitled to compensation for expensive medical bills, lost wages due to time away from work, and more.