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Christian & Christian Newsletter for September 2016: Asbestos Awareness

Christian & Christian Newsletter for September 2016: Asbestos Awareness

According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, asbestos are responsible for killing 15,000 people in the United States every year. The deadly carcinogen, which is known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, forms naturally as a bundle of fibers that are resistant to heat and chemicals. Because of its inherent qualities, asbestos have been used as insulation material for hundreds of years. While the use of asbestos is not nearly as common today as it was in years past, individuals still may be at risk for inhaling asbestos. In our September newsletter, our Greenville personal injury attorneys explain how to best prevent asbestos exposure and inhalation at work, at home, and at schools.

At Work

Although your employer should be in compliance with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) regulations, you can take extra precautions report any potentially dangerous working conditions to your supervisor. Be sure to ask your employer about any existing asbestos-related health risks in your office and avoid bringing home clothing that may contain asbestos particles.

At Home

Homeowners renovating or remodeling their homes are especially at risk of disturbing and inhaling asbestos particles. If you have plans to undergo any home improvements, there are a number of things you can do to protect your family. Stay clear of doing any do-it-yourself projects if you have an older home – you may be unknowingly disturbing existing asbestos. Furthermore, under no circumstances should you ever attempt to remove asbestos without the help of a professional specialist.

At School

About half of all schools in the nations were built in the years spanning from 1950 – 1969, which is when asbestos were in its peak as common construction materials. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that all schools undergo asbestos inspection in addition to implementing a management plan. Damaged drywall and plaster, deteriorating tiles, chipped paint, and old heating/AC systems are likely asbestos-containing materials.

To learn more about asbestos protection, read our September newsletter.

At Christian & Christian, our Greenville personal injury attorneys can help you assess the details of your case and will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve. To get started, call (864) 408-8890 to schedule a confidential and free case evaluation today.


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