Has the federal government established laws or regulations to decrease asbestos exposure?
Yes. In 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all new uses of asbestos; however, uses established prior to 1989 are still permitted. The EPA has also established regulations that require school systems to inspect for damaged asbestos, and to eliminate or reduce the exposure to occupants by removing the asbestos or having it encased. The EPA also regulates the release of asbestos from factories during building, demolition, or renovation to monitor the level of asbestos fibers from damaged materials entering the environment.
In addition to the EPA, other government agencies enforce regulations and policies to reduce asbestos exposure including the U.S. Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPS), and various agencies at the state level.
Additional Mesothelioma FAQs
- What is mesothelioma and how do you get it?
- What should I do if I've been exposed to asbestos? What if I don't feel sick?
- Who can file an asbestos-related lawsuit?
- Are victims of mesothelioma entitled to social security disability benefits?
- Is asbestos hazardous to your health?
- What happens when someone inhales asbestos fibers?
- How much exposure does it take to get the disease?
- Where is asbestos found?
- Who is at risk for mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases?
- How long does it take after exposure for the disease to show up?
- How is mesothelioma diagnosed?
- What OSHA standards apply to protect workers against asbestos exposure?
- What is the prognosis for mesothelioma?
- Is there any promising research or are there promising drugs for mesothelioma?
- What is vermiculite?
- What is the mesothelium?
- What is the peritoneum?
- What is the pleura?
- What is the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976?
- How long does a mesothelioma or asbestos exposure lawsuit take?
- How much time do I have to file my asbestos injury claim?
- What kinds of compensation or other relief can be awarded in an asbestos lawsuit?
- How much compensation have other mesothelioma victims received in past lawsuits?