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Asbestos Products

Asbestos has been used by man for more than 4 millennia. However, it was only in the 19th century when large-scale mining and mass production of asbestos products reached its peak. The many useful properties of asbestos primarily in the building and construction industry has seen the production of every conceivable building and construction material from roofing to walling to electrical insulation and packaging to sealants and adhesives. You can say that many of the infrastructure in the 19th and the earlier parts of the 20th century are made primarily of asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products.

The prevalent use of asbestos has clearly made its elimination from the building and construction and manufacturing industries quite a challenge. This is especially true among countries in the developing world where asbestos is still pretty much used in the manufacture of a variety of home use products as well as building and construction materials.

Unfortunately, the United States has not completely banned the use of asbestos although a limit has been set in each of the manufacturing processes where asbestos is involved. Although the Environmental Protection Agency did issue in 1989 the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule, it saw strong opposition from asbestos sympathizers. Current federal regulations require all newly-produced or manufactured products should not contain more than 1 percent of asbestos. The legal limit for asbestos fibers per cubic meter of workplace air is 100,000 fibers, as set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The limit is for an 8-hour work shifts on a 40-hour work week basis.

Here’s the sad part. There are so many products in the market today that still contain asbestos, especially in old buildings. Additionally, because of limitations in the legal framework in the country, being one of the few developed countries to not completely ban asbestos, Americans continue to be exposed to asbestos and run the risk of developing mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer as well as the more common asbestosis.

Here is a list of the most common products that have been shown to contain asbestos.

Asbestos is virtually everywhere. This makes its associated health conditions a real concern not only among healthcare professionals but also anyone who is exposed to the chemical. And by anyone is meant everyone.