At one time, asbestos was highly regarded as an almost miracle fiber. It answered many problems associated with industries nationwide because it was strong, easy to work with and even helped reduce the risk of fire. However, as we all now know, asbestos exposure can be deadly, especially to workers who handle the material on a regular basis.
Over the years, our lawmakers and safety experts have put forth a great amount of effort in seeking to reduce asbestos-related workplace illnesses. Unfortunately, there are still risks that every worker in Illinois and the rest of America should know about. For example, the regulated use of asbestos is legal and still occurs in many industries across the United States.
Under current OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards, the PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit) stands at 0.1 asbestos fibers for each cubic centimeter of air workers breathe as an “eight-hour time-weighted average.” Employers must understand and enforce these limits even though they seem confusing to the average person.
We urge workers in Illinois and the rest of America to find out if and how asbestos might be a factor in your chosen industry. Questioning employers is a great way to get started and looking over the industrial safety information and standards provided by OSHA will also be beneficial.
For those who may already be experiencing the symptoms of asbestos-related workplace illness, consulting with an attorney might be wise. Our firm offers a lot of authoritative asbestos and mesothelioma data on our website. Please consider visiting us online to find out if asbestos may be turning your workplace into a hazardous zone.