Asbestos is still legal in the United States

Nov 17, 2022 | Asbestos

Did that headline surprise you? Did you believe that, like most other developed countries in the world, the United States has banned asbestos outright?

You would be wrong, however. Read on to learn some important — if somewhat terrifying — facts about asbestos.

We still import it by the ton

Annually, the USA imports tons of asbestos from Brazil. Most is used by two huge chemical companies that make chlorine.

Chlorine is a necessary ingredient in many household cleansers and other products on the market. The chemical titans argued compellingly that importing this asbestos is necessary to keep our country’s industries afloat. 

To protect workers, these companies claim to have stringent regulations and protocols for those who must handle the known carcinogen in the course of their daily job duties.

Can they be trusted?

Would you trust your life to a corporate entity with a bottom line fixated on profit and shareholders to please? The fact is that some plants may be extremely strict and follow federal asbestos-handling protocols to a “T.”

Others, not so much. Smaller companies that employ laborers to tear down buildings filled with asbestos dust might be lax about safety, hoping to save a few dollars at the expense of their workers’ health and well-being.

Seek knowledgeable guidance

If you suspect that your diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestosis was related to your past work history, you might not know where to start. After all, these diseases don’t manifest themselves for decades, often long after companies have changed hands or shuttered doors.

Don’t give up. Asbestos trusts were set up for this very reason. Whether your company is closed or still doing business, help is out there for those suffering from environmentally induced asbestos exposure.

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