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How does the government protect Americans from asbestos exposure?

Public officials are charged with doing what they believe is in the public's best interest. As they continue searching for ways to improve public safety, many of them agree that asbestos is a topic worthy of further consideration.

The Attorney General (AG) of Massachusetts launched a Healthy Buildings, Healthy Air Initiative. A recent report describes the program’s efforts to protect the state’s residents from asbestos and asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma.

Five matters addressed by the AG’s Initiative

Asbestos use throughout the United States declined over the past 50 years. Yet, decreased usage has done little to reduce the annual number of asbestos-related deaths.

Meanwhile, the Initiative has accomplished much in the three years since it began. For example, construction projects violating the state’s clean air law resulted in over $3.4 million in judgments.

The Initiative has also been instrumental in:

  • Public service announcements
  • License revocations
  • Increased contractor training requirements
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Property audits

In addition, the AG leads coalitions for increased protections from asbestos exposure on the federal level.

Protecting the public from asbestos

Since its launch, the Initiative has shown how important it is for lawmakers to examine the dangers associated with the continued use of, and exposure to, asbestos. Moving forward, the program will decrease mesothelioma risks in schools, workplaces and communities through:

  • Advocating for increased federal regulation
  • Holding those who endanger others accountable for their illegal actions
  • Informing the public about the dangers of asbestos

Naturally, implementing effective changes takes time. However, if you have mesothelioma, you cannot wait to address this serious health concern.

The AG, among others, aims to ban the national importation of asbestos. Meanwhile, in addition to seeking exhaustive medical attention, you may be able to take legal action.

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