As an employer in Iowa, you expect that your environment is not going to cause you harm. However, asbestos is a continued potential threat in the workplace. What should you know about asbestos? How could potential asbestos exposure affect you?
Many believe that asbestos has been "banned", and this is true to an extent. According to Chemistry World, the original ban on asbestos was overturned in 1991. Asbestos is still not used often in the United States, though. This is due in part to the billions of dollars that have been paid out from asbestos litigation.
However, even though it is used in very small amounts today, it was used much more heavily before the first ban in 1973. Asbestos was used in insulation, gaskets, brake linings, water supply lines, roofing materials and more due to its resistance to chemicals, strength, and poor heat conduction. This means that any building built before the 1973 ban could potentially have asbestos within it. The same goes for products made before that time.
Asbestos is linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. It is a known irritant to the lungs and eyes and has caused health concerns with diseases coming from prolonged exposure. It has also been linked to cancers of the ovaries and larynx and has suspected ties to other cancers including gastrointestinal.
If you have been exposed to asbestos through your place of work and have fallen ill due to this, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Consider contacting an attorney for more information about what your available options might be.