Asbestos Paint and Mesothelioma
By the 1930s, warnings about asbestos exposure from all building materials crept out. That included cautions about using asbestos-based paint as well as over 3,000 other products containing asbestos.
By the mid-1980s, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put an end to asbestos use in paint and practically every other manufactured product.
Despite early warnings, asbestos producers and paint suppliers intentionally hid information about airborne asbestos exposure health risks.
Today, asbestos is well known to have lethal effects from long-term exposure to asbestos fibers. Sadly, millions of painters used asbestos paint to paint American homes, trains, planes, and automobiles.
When a person inhales asbestos fibers, the fibers attach to the lung lining, which is called the mesothelium. Asbestos fibers never release. They stay in the mesothelium for the rest of the individual’s life and eventually create scar tissue.
There’s an extended latency period, but ultimately, scar tissue turns to tumors and becomes the deadly disease mesothelioma.