Unfortunately, people working in the construction industry in the past used many products that exposed them to asbestos. From insulation & welding rods to floor and ceiling tiles, anyone working in construction faced asbestos exposure on a regular basis.
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What’s the problem?
Construction has always been a high-risk industry. But one of the greatest risks for construction workers, especially those involved in the renovation or repair of older buildings, is the risk of exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma. Thousands of construction workers have died from diseases caused by work with asbestos.
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) have taken various regulatory actions over the years to try to protect construction workers from asbestos, EPA data suggests that the risk remains high. In 1971, OSHA established a permissible exposure limit (PEL) for asbestos of 12 fibers per cubic centimeter of air. That was reduced to just 0.1 f/cc in 1994, but OSHA inspection data collected in 2003 found that 20 percent of air samples collected from construction job sites exceeded allowable levels.
In addition to the lack of restriction on the use of asbestos throughout most of the 20th century, most construction companies did not provide their workers with protective equipment and clothing to prevent their workers from being exposed to asbestos. Indeed, construction workers were often employed in environments that were heavily laden with airborne asbestos fibers, and these fibers were inhaled by unprotected workers on a daily basis.
Since asbestos is not banned in the United States, asbestos-containing construction materials are still used in new construction. However, construction workers face a greater risk for asbestos exposure when they work on residential or commercial buildings that were constructed before the 1980s. The danger of asbestos exposure is heightened as buildings age because asbestos construction materials become friable over time, meaning that the asbestos crumbles easily and the fibers have an increased tendency to become airborne.
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