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Contacting asbestos dusts in the workplace

An individual is at high risk of suffering serious respiratory illnesses if he or she unknowingly inhale tiny specs of asbestos dust. However, people who are working in constructions, factories, and railroad are at high risk of being exposed to harmful asbestos minerals, according the website of Williams Kherkher said. Asbestos is often used in strengthening construction materials making it fire resistant. Construction materials like roofs, cement, floor tiles, and pipe wrappings were believed to have been fortified with asbestos. In the automobile industry, asbestos is widely used in various vehicle parts like brakes and clutches. Though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned majority of products containing asbestos in 1989, an appeal in 1991 resulted to many asbestos laws overturned. Asbestos use in construction products were prohibited as it was discovered to cause mesothelioma, a rare cancer linked to accidental breathing of asbestos fibers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that there are 1.3 million workers everyday are accidentally inhaling substantial amounts of asbestos dusts. Though over 50 countries has banned asbestos, only some parts of the U.S. have its use. The OSHA had created standards to protect workers from accidentally inhaling asbestos particles in their workplace. One of the OSHA standards is for employers to ensure that asbestos is strictly limited in the workplace, however, various research suggested that there is no such thing as “safe level of asbestos exposure.” There are times when employers become negligent in protecting their employees from work-related hazards. Negligence may come in many forms like not training workers, failure to provide safety equipment to workers, or failure to monitor asbestos level in the...
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