Can Mesothelioma Be Prevented?
Simply put, the only way to prevent mesothelioma is to avoid exposure to asbestos. As this fact became more widely known over the years, steps were taken to reduce the amount of asbestos used throughout the world. And while more than 50 countries have banned asbestos, it is still legal in the United States and Canada — which are the only two industrial nations in the West that have not done so.
In this post, we’ll take a look at preventive measures taken in the United States and discuss how you can reduce your exposure to asbestos.
Prevention at work
It was almost 50 years ago that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) began regulating asbestos, including limitations on asbestos levels in the air at worksites. Currently, OSHA requires employers to conduct regular testing and record-keeping — and must also:
- Complete regular assessments of asbestos risks
- Use relevant work practices and controls to limit exposure
- Provide respiratory protection if limits are exceeded
- Conduct asbestos awareness training
- Monitor worker health for those exposed to asbestos
Note: OSHA has developed unique guidelines for specific workplaces, including general industry, construction and shipyards. For a list of occupations that were/are at a higher risk of asbestos exposure, see this blog post.
Prevention at home and school
At home, you may want to have your home tested by an accredited asbestos professional — especially if you’re planning to remodel your home or if your home has damaged building materials (drywall, insulation, etc.). Asbestos can also be found in a wide variety of manufactured products (especially building materials), automotive products, heat-resistant fabrics, packaging and more.
Schools are required to inspect buildings for asbestos-containing materials, and also must prepare management plans in case they need to take action to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards. While many schools do have asbestos in their buildings, removal of the asbestos-containing materials is only necessary if they are severely damaged or will be disturbed by renovation or demolition.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (Benjamin Franklin)
Thirty Americans die every day from asbestos-related diseases. And while corporations are taking steps to reduce asbestos exposure and prevent more cases of mesothelioma, they are also being held responsible for the terrible damages done to thousands and thousands of innocent people.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Baron & Budd immediately. You can reach us online or call 855-280-7664 to discuss your legal options.