Asbestos is a toxic silicate material that was commonly used in construction and production before the 1970s. At this time, it was discovered that asbestos was highly toxic, and its use was strictly limited.
However, some work environments still contain asbestos. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of lung cancer. It’s up to employers to ensure that workers are protected from asbestos exposure. Here are three ways they can do so:
Safety begins with the right training. Employers must provide proper education materials and training to workers so they know the hazards of asbestos and how to handle it safely. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide such training materials in a language all workers on the job site can understand.
Like with any hazard, employers must identify hot spots for asbestos and clearly mark them. Additionally, employers must provide workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect them from the substance.
If a worker does come into contact with asbestos, employers should take certain measures to reduce the risk of excessive exposure. These measures include the following:
- Wash exposed parts of the body with soap and water.
- Avoid carrying asbestos away from the exposure site.
- Provide a medical evaluation in accordance with Appendix D of OSHA’s asbestos standards.
If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our team has the experience and resources needed to help you recover just compensation.
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