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Asbestos Regulations

Although asbestos-related health problems were noted as early as ancient Roman times, it was not until the mid-20th century that doctors began to find specific diseases caused by asbestos. Lawsuits regarding asbestos exposure were also filed during this time, which eventually led the federal government to step in and begin regulating asbestos.

Today, there are several different federal agencies with specific regulations designed to protect people from the dangers of asbestos exposure.

The Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, issued the Toxic Substances Control Act, or the “Asbestos Ban and Phase Out,” in July of 1989. However, these regulations were largely overturned in 1991. There are still aspects of the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out that remain in effect, such as the inability to create products with “new uses” of asbestos. Also, according to the EPA, asbestos is still banned in many paper products, flooring felt, and rollboard.

The Clean Air Act also covers some asbestos restrictions. There are several National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) that regulate asbestos, banning it from many spray-applied surfacing agents such as spray insulation. The NESHAP rules also ban some forms of thermal insulation containing asbestos.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, also known as the CPSC, is responsible for regulating asbestos found in consumer products. Some items regulated by the CPSC include:

  • Spackling compounds
  • Artificial embers
  • Garments

OSHA and Asbestos Regulation

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is in charge of setting limits to the amount of asbestos that workers can be exposed to on a daily basis. OSHA has standards for shipyards as well as other general industries. OSHA not only regulates the amount of asbestos present in the work environment, but it also has strict standards regarding the treatment and handling of asbestos-related disease cases.

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If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos through a dangerous consumer product or as a result of your current or former occupation, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. To learn more about asbestos regulation and litigation, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today.

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