Controlling Asbestos in Work Sites
Asbestos exposure at job sites threatened many workers, including those who mined the mineral, factory employees who made asbestos-containing products, and workers installing asbestos materials.
Workplace authorities like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began controlling asbestos use in 1971, but it was a slow process.
Unfortunately, over several decades, millions of unsuspecting people were exposed to asbestos in their work sites. Now, many of those workers have developed asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma — a deadly type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Most people who develop mesothelioma experienced work site asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers filled the air of many work environments.
These workers were exposed to asbestos dust on a daily basis, increasing their likelihood of inhaling asbestos fibers.
Asbestos fibers cannot be removed after they are inhaled or ingested into the lungs or abdomen. Over time, this causes severe tissue damage that can trigger cancer.