Although over 100,000 people worldwide are still dying each year from asbestos-related illnesses, asbestos is still being used in numerous products. While some countries have completely banned the use of asbestos, the United States still allows it in many products, and accounts for around 10,000 asbestos-related deaths per day.
Why is Asbestos Being Used?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos has been proven to cause malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer, and other injuries. In 1979, the EPA, under the Toxic placed strict regulations on the use of asbestos, yet the organization was unable to get the toxic mineral completely banned.
Congress disapproved the EPA’s request to ban all forms of asbestos, stating that the economy would greatly suffer. However, only small amounts of asbestos are legally allowed for use. Regardless, numerous studies have indicated that asbestos is dangerous, regardless of how small the amount.
Asbestos is still found in brake pads, gaskets, construction products, welding products, and numerous other materials. In addition, studies performed by government-certified laboratories indicate that asbestos is still found in many consumer products, such as:
- Planet Toys “CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit”
- DAP “33” window glazing
- DAP “Crack Shot” spackling paste
- Certain brands of children’s crayons
- Gardner Leak Stopper roof patch
- Scotch High Performance Duct Tape, and more
Professor Paul Cullinan of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, indicates that many businesses that still use asbestos assert that some forms of the mineral are less toxic than others, making them safer to use. Culligan disagrees.
“There is absolutely no doubt that all kinds [of asbestos] can give rise to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. It’s probably the case that white asbestos is less toxic in respect to mesothelioma than the amphiboles. The industry tries to argue that you can take precautions so that white asbestos can be used safely, but in practice, in the real world, that is not what is going to happen.”
Asbestos Banned in Certain Products
Although asbestos is not completely banned in the United States, the EPA was successful in get it removed completely from many products, including:
- Commercial paper
- Specialty paper
- Flooring felt
- Corrugated paper
How to Help Get Asbestos Completely Banned
To help get in involved in banning asbestos completely in the United States, consider contacting federal, state, and local elected officials. Fortunately, others who have already contacted officials helped to get a complete ban on asbestos-containing brakes. All brakes in California were mandated to be asbestos-free by January, 2015. A similar ban is in process in Washington.
Additional Help and Resources for Asbestos Victims
If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, there is a good chance you’ll qualify for considerable compensation to help cover pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. Currently, there is more than $30 billion available is asbestos trusts funds, and the first step in determining what you may qualify for is finding an experienced mesothelioma attorney. We invite you to use our Asbestos Attorney Locator Tool to find a top mesothelioma lawyer in your area.