Asbestos is a material that once held promise to the industrial world until we began to learn of its devastating health consequences. For years, consumer health advocates fought against its use until it was regulated by the U.S. government to restrict the levels of asbestos exposure.
Even still, industrial lobbyists argued against restricting the manufacture of products containing asbestos, causing the comprehensive asbestos ban passed in 1989 only to be overturned in 1991. This action opened the gates once more to the propagation of this dangerous substance in our places of work, schools, and homes.
Why do industries continue to fight for the use of asbestos when it has cause so much pain and devastation, and how did we start using asbestos in the first place as a society? You can follow the navigation links to the left to learn more about asbestos, its use, its history and how it manages to hurt so many people to this day.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a type of naturally-occurring mineral that was once praised and valued for its many desirable properties. Extreme heat resistance, electrical resistance, tensile strength, sound absorption and general resistance to temperature changes caused asbestos to be used in a multitude of common construction, industrial and household products.
Despite awareness of critical asbestos health risks, the material continues to be used throughout the country. In 2009, 715 tons of asbestos were imported into the U.S. and two million tons were produced worldwide that year, half of which came from Russia.
How Does Asbestos Make People Sick?
Asbestos’ deadly characteristics were not well understood until the mid-20th century. Even then, industrial manufacturers continued to use it against the advice of health and science experts. You can learn more about the health risks of asbestos exposure in our corresponding site section.
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