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July 1, 2008

Asbestos Lawyer

Author: GSemop

Asbestos, has been mined and used commercially since the late
1800s. Its use greatly increased during World War II. Since the
early 1940s, millions of American workers have been exposed to
asbestos dust. Initially, the risks associated with asbestos
exposure were not known. However, an increased risk of
developing mesothelioma was later found among shipyard workers,
people who work in asbestos mines and mills, producers of
asbestos products, workers in the heating and construction
industries, and other tradespeople. Today, the U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets limits for
acceptable levels of asbestos exposure in the workplace. People
who work with asbestos wear personal protective equipment to
lower their risk of exposure.


The risk of asbestos-related disease increases with heavier
exposure to asbestos and longer exposure time. However, some
individuals with only brief exposures have developed
mesothelioma. On the other hand, not all workers who are heavily
exposed develop asbestos-related diseases. There is some
evidence that family members and others living with asbestos
workers have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, and
possibly other asbestos-related diseases. This risk may be the
result of exposure to asbestos dust brought home on the clothing
and hair of asbestos workers. To reduce the chance of exposing
family members to asbestos fibers, asbestos workers are usually
required to shower and change their clothing before leaving the
workplace. Http://Asbestos-Lawyer.Org

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