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Did you know that the EPA does not prohibit the use of asbestos?

Certain government agencies exist to regulate the health and safety of the products available to the American people. Some monitor products for possible injuries, while others look for the potential illnesses you could sustain through a product’s use.

These agencies try to provide awareness across various industries. However, sometimes there is a disagreement among the members of an organization. Such a situation recently came to light at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

You might wonder whether restrictions are enough to reduce public health risks

Asbestos is a widely-known cause of mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer. When you breathe in the fibers, they can get lodged in the lining of your lungs. And you may not be aware of the health risks at the time of your exposure.

Certain members of the EPA believe banning asbestos would be in the public’s best interest. But others say increased regulation is sufficient.

EPA scientists want to restrict asbestos use because it is known to cause cancer. However, while they might approve its use in specific circumstances, you may question whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

Five countries that ban asbestos

The U.S. stopped producing asbestos 17 years ago. However, many manufacturers still use it in making products like electrical insulation and bulletproof vests. Some even use asbestos to produce the bleach with which you disinfect your home.

Although authorities decided to limit asbestos use here, it is banned in numerous countries across the globe, including:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Kingdom
  • And many others

Asbestos may affect your health more than you realize. If you suffer from a health condition linked to asbestos exposure, you may want to explore your legal options. You may be able to hold those responsible for protecting you accountable.

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