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Naturally Occurring Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that, up until the late 1980s, was frequently used in a number of various products and building materials. However, due to the toxic nature of asbestos fibers, strict limitations have been put on the types of products that can be made with asbestos and the amounts of asbestos these products can contain.

However, since asbestos occurs naturally in nearly all parts of the world, it is virtually impossible to completely eliminate human exposure to asbestos in all of its forms. For example, nearly all people are exposed to some levels of asbestos (non-occupationally) through the air outside and through drinking water.

Studies have been done to determine the amount of asbestos present in the bodies of those individuals without any occupational exposure to asbestos and have found that on average, a normal person can have up to hundreds of thousands of asbestos fibers in each gram of lung tissue. This is roughly equivalent to millions of fibers in a single person’s lungs.

While research has determined many of the health risks associated with occupational exposure to asbestos, the dangers of naturally occurring asbestos, or NOA, are not fully known yet. However, there have been a number of studies conducted that examine the correlation between naturally occurring asbestos deposits and cases of mesothelioma in individuals who live close to these deposits.

These studies have found that the risk of a person developing mesothelioma dropped by 6 percent for each 10 additional km that a person lived away from a naturally occurring asbestos deposit.

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If you or someone you know has suffered from exposure to asbestos, contact the asbestos attorneys of Williams Hart today at 800-781-3955 to schedule a consultation.

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