April 1-7th marks Asbestos Awareness Week
You’ve probably heard about the dangers of asbestos—but, like me, you probably thought it was something that used to be prevalent…
Well, the infographic below sure woke me up with the fact that 30 million pounds of asbestos are still used each year in the United States. Plus…
But first, learn about the dangers of asbestos around minute 37:00 in this Green Divas Radio Show featuring Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and co-founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).
Asbestos is a mineral used in building, roofing, insulation, flooring, and even automobiles—so you can only imagine how many people have been exposed to it at some level.
Mesothelioma, the cancer most often associated with asbestos exposure, has been effecting people in various professions and walks of life throughout our nations history. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials about the awful health impacts of those exposed to asbestos, and plenty of lawsuits and settlements. I’m sure I’m not the only one who assumed that construction workers were no longer at risk for this disease, since surely something so dangerous would not still be in use.
But the fact is that it’s still around, as it has been used so extensively in the past. With the presence of asbestos in many homes built prior to 1980, and buildings like schools and commercial buildings, many unsuspecting people are still at risk.
Why not take some time this week to consider if there is asbestos in your home, school or work environment. Speak up and ask questions—there are strict policies now in place to ensure proper handling of asbestos, so as to limit further exposure. But, like most things, protecting yourself starts with being informed. If you had no idea that the floor tiles in your 1970 ranch could contain asbestos, you just might start to tear them up by yourself for your next DIY project.
Take a look at this infographic for some surprising facts about asbestos use:
Listen to the latest Green Divas Radio Show podcast for more about green and healthy living…