Asbestos Essay, Research Paper


Asbestos-containing products were widely used in the construction of houses,

apartments, offices and schools up to the 1970?s. However, the presence of asbestos-

containing products in the area in which you live, work, or go to school at is not

necessarily a hazardous condition. It is only hazardous when asbestos-containing

products break down and become airborne then a hazardous condition is created.

In 1995, OSHA issued workplace standards for testing, maintenance and

disclosure of asbestos. This caused a greater awareness of the danger for the dangers

asbestos, especially in public places. This soon became more of a controversy than

anything else, with some saying that asbestos was no threat and that by taking it out of

a building would cause more of a problem than simply just leaving it in a biulding.

Even though many times people felt that asbestos should just be left alone the

government decided to rule on the side of safety. This decision to make all schools have

Their asbestos monitored came in 1986 after congress passed the Asbestos Hazard

Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to protect the public school students and employees.

This helped those people in charge of schools feel better about the facilities in which

people worked.

Thankfully these changes helped us all, especially after the evidence showing

that asbestos can cause cancer and other disease. The one question that still remains,

is who will risk there well being to go and take out this terrible product that may cause cancer?

This question was answered by many producers that helped develop airtight

clothing, which helped people properly dispose of this product in a way that it would

not cause any danger to them or the people who would be entering buildings that where

striped of this product.

Because of all of these actions, the use of asbestos is almost none. This will help

not only the cause of cancer and other problems from developing, but will also help

the owners of new buildings from having to pay large amounts of money to have

asbestos taken out when it becomes a problem.

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