Asbestos: A hazardous fiber that continues to be used in the U.S.

Asbestos is a serious occupational hazard that can't be ignored. If you're exposed to it, there is a very real chance that you could develop serious health concerns down the line.

Did you know that over 125 million people are exposed to this hazardous mineral each year? The majority of those incidents happen at work, while people are doing their jobs.

If you're handling asbestos, use extreme caution

It should go without saying, but since asbestos is so dangerous, it must be handled with caution. The right training can go the distance in making sure no one is exposed to asbestos fibers, even when in their vicinity.

Asbestos fibers are used in:

  • Plumbing
  • Tiles
  • Ductwork
  • Cement
  • Flooring
  • Insulation
  • Many other products

As a worker who might come into contact with these or other building materials, you should do all you can to identify if you could be exposed to asbestos. If you are exposed, then you can turn to a medical professional for help assessing the risks of that exposure.

You may not be aware of it, but asbestos is banned in over 60 countries. It's still used in the U.S., and its use is expected to continue to take place despite its hazardous nature.

If you are exposed to asbestos, it's important to note the time of exposure. It can take many years, sometimes even several decades, for the symptoms of asbestos exposure to emerge. If you develop a condition related to asbestos years from now, you do have the right to speak with an attorney about getting compensated.

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