One of the first things that people diagnosed with mesothelioma hear is that this particular condition is incurable, and often terminal. Nearly everyone who contracts this rare cancer does so through exposure to asbestos. Those fortunate enough to survive through their treatment protocol never quite return to their normal lives.
Ohio residents who suffered from asbestos exposure at some point in their lives could live for years, decades in fact, wondering whether that exposure will come back to haunt them. The possibility of contracting a rare asbestos-related cancer called mesothelioma could loom over their heads for up to 50 years. The question that could be on their minds is what parts of the body this cancer affects.
There was a time when employers here in Ohio and across the country were not held to the same standards as they are today when it comes to keeping their workers safe. This is best illustrated by the fact that it appears numerous companies knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure for decades. Even so, they failed to protect those who worked for them.
One of the most terrifying things for Ohio parents may be to learn that their children are in danger at school. However, the danger is not always from a source one would expect. Parents of students attending one elementary school in another state were shocked to learn that their children may have been victims of asbestos exposure after recent construction breached asbestos plaster in the building.
State and federal government agencies are tasked with continuously monitoring environmental factors across all industries. Over the years, this has resulted in the prohibition of most uses of certain chemicals and substances such as asbestos in order to protect human life, the environment and ecosystems. For this reason, Ohio residents may believe, just as most everyone around the country does, that harm from those substances goes away. However, sources want everyone to know that issues such as asbestos litigation will not be going away anytime soon.
It appears that many environmental regulations enacted in the last decade or so are being rolled back by the current administration. Some sources say that this will increase the amount of harmful pollution that ordinary people, such as residents here in Ohio, could be exposed to as a result. It was hoped that the instances of asbestos exposure were decreasing significantly, but that could change.
People in lower tax brackets tend to struggle more in order to pay their bills -- even basic ones like rent. This often means that they may live in low-income housing here in Cleveland that allows them to pay a lower of amount of rent so they can get by. The question is whether living in low-income housing increases the risk of asbestos exposure for those residents.
The only predictable thing about life, other than death and taxes, is that it remains unpredictable. Asbestos exposure 30 or 40 years ago may not have meant much then, but now that you suffer from an illness related to the exposure to this toxic substance, you probably want some answers. This would ordinarily be the case, but if one or more co-workers never got sick, those questions may become more urgent.
Ohio may not see the hurricanes or wildfires as other parts of the country do, but that does not mean that some sort of natural disaster could not strike the state. If it does, the devastation and destruction could place first responders, construction workers and insurance adjusters, along with the public, in danger of exposure to any number of hazardous substances and chemicals. Disaster areas where older buildings sustain damage could put many people in danger of asbestos exposure.
For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has tightened regulations regarding certain substances believed to be carcinogenic to humans. One of those substances is asbestos, but recent changes in the agency's regulations could open the door for the toxic substance to find its way into new products. This means that the potential for asbestos exposure by a whole new generation of people could occur here in Ohio and elsewhere.