Exposure to asbestos typically occurs in one of several settings. The most common of course is industry employees who are exposed while manufacturing asbestos-related products.
Chrysotile asbestos continues to be used in products like ceiling tiles, roofing tiles, and as an ingredient in an asbestos-cement compound
Despite the fact that the Federal government placed restrictions and bans on the vast majority of asbestos products and uses, chrysotile asbestos (often called "white asbestos") continues to be used in products like ceiling tiles, roofing tiles, and as an ingredient in an asbestos-cement compound. Also, automobile repair workers, specifically those who specialize in clutch and brake repairs, are sometimes at risk for mesothelioma and other medical conditions.
Exposure also occurs often in the construction setting. In this scenario, construction workers become exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos when they disturb insulation that was installed prior to 1972. This occurs most often in the course of demolition or refurbishing of old buildings. Employers in this setting are required to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) standards and guidelines to monitor the potential for exposure to mesothelioma-linked hazards.
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By: Mark DiCello