Employers in the United States are required by law to inform workers about the presence of asbestos and train them to properly handle asbestos-containing materials. Regardless, licensed and unlicensed individuals are exposed to the substance on the job, every day.
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.