In-depth research studies examined the effects asbestos had on workers as well as others contaminated by second-hand asbestos exposure. These studies compiled many alarming statistics.
Asbestos is a generic term for a group of 6 silicate minerals having similar but distinct properties. There are 2 main asbestos classifications—serpentine and amphibole asbestos fibers. Chrysotile, or white asbestos, is the only serpentine fiber.
Statistically, chrysotile held approximately 90-95% of the entire asbestos market share.
The amphibole class was composed of amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite asbestos fibers. Amphibole fibers were more dangerous to human health than the serpentine chrysotile class.
However, exposure to every type of asbestos fiber posed a high risk for humans to develop respiratory diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma. Overwhelming evidence supports statistics proving the amount of exposure, the exposure duration or time length, and the specific asbestos fiber type had a cumulative effect on the chance a worker developed asbestos-related diseases.
These credible organizations support asbestos research:
- United States Environmental Agency (EPA).
- U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
- U.S. Department of Labor (USDL).
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
- U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC).
- National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).
- International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC).
- International Labor Organization (ILO).
- World Health Organization (WHO)
It’s important to know there’s no dedicated website or resource for asbestos statistics. Each government organization has credible information scattered throughout their sites. Non-governmental agencies (NGOs) have excellent statistics as do private resources specializing in asbestos-related diseases. What’s fascinating is that most published statistics on asbestos are remarkably consistent. They’re also terrifying.