Thirty years ago this past month – specifically July 12, 1989 –the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned most products that contained asbestos. Initially, it was a product introduced as innovative for its durability and fire resistance. It’s use gained prominence in construction materials, pipes, fertilizer and car parts throughout the 1900s and peaked in the 1970s.
If you or someone in your family are presently a factory worker or have been employed in a manufacturing industry in the past, you may be among those in Illinois and throughout the country who are at risk for certain injuries. Many blue-collar jobs, including those that involve shipyards, railroads, automotive construction or repair, as well as public service work such as fire-fighting, are high-risk positions for asbestos-related injuries.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, once said, “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
The deadly effects of breathing in asbestos is a universally accepted fact. The countless number of people worldwide suffering from fatal diseases caused by the fibers continue to grow. In response to the health crisis, nations throughout the world have responded with outright bans on the use or importation of the cancer-causing carcinogen. Yet, one country continues its confounding holdout.
Claire’s asbestos-related woes continue. The retailer is already residing under a microscope after significant levels of asbestos were found in three of their products marketed to teen and tween girls two years ago. The chain also emerged from bankruptcy towards the end of last year, discharging $1.9 billion in debt and looking for a fresh start.
Days after Andrew Wheeler testified before a congressional committee that he would ban the current use of asbestos, his Environmental Protection Agency instead announced newly tightened restrictions on the carcinogenic mineral.
If your loved one is one of many in Illinois who have been concerned about lingering, adverse health symptoms, it likely means that your family has been feeling a bit stressed. There are many reasons why it's important to seek medical attention if you or a family member isn't feeling well but can't quite figure out why. One of the most important reasons is that symptoms might be due to a serious, underlying health issue.
The presence of asbestos was once commonplace in construction, shipbuilding and automotive industries, a practice that continued into the 1970’s. Up until the 1990’s, home insulation and building materials believed to be safe contained asbestos. Today, deadly fibers are still released into the air when materials are disturbed despite efforts to curtail the risk of exposure.
For a government entity that boasts its commitment to protection, the Environmental Protection Agency seems to be falling short in shielding the public from the continuing, deadly effects of asbestos exposure.
Almost everyone has heard of Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder. But did you know it might be giving you cancer?