Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used as insulation and as a fire retardant in a wide variety of products. Because it has a durable, fibrous nature, asbestos produces dust that when inhaled, can become deposited in the lungs – causing or contributing to the development of illnesses including asbestosis (scarring of the lungs) and mesothelioma (a malignant form of cancer in the lining of the chest or abdominal cavities).
All new uses of asbestos in the United States were banned in July, 1989. That year, the EPA published “Asbestos: Manufacture, Importation, Processing and Distribution in Commerce Prohibitions” which eventually caused the ban of over 94% of the asbestos used in the United States. Even though the use of asbestos has been banned since 1989, the removal of each and every source that existed prior to that date is not possible.
This list, though not conclusive, lists some products or materials in which asbestos may be found:
1. Acoustic soundproofing material
2. Adhesive material
3. Blown-in insulation
4. Ceiling tiles
5. Cement pipes and cement wallboard
6. Caulking material
8. Disc brakes
9. Electric wire insulation material
10. Heating ducts
11. Packing material
13. Roofing shingles
15. Spackling products
16. Spray-on insulation
For more information, contact the Mesothelioma Lawyers at Williams Kherkher at 1.800.220.9341.