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.
Ohio residents who work in certain industries already know that they could end up contracting an illness from the substances and chemicals around them on the job. They and their employers take measures to ensure their safety. When it comes to asbestos exposure, this involves numerous steps and precautions that people who don't work around this toxic substance would not know to take.
How is it that a toxic substance whose use was largely banned decades ago could continue to pose a health risk? Asbestos exposure still occurs even in 2018 because many structures and products used here in Ohio and elsewhere still contain the substance. In many cases, this is because as long as it is not disturbed and becomes airborne, its threat to people is nearly nonexistent. Once disturbed through something as simple as a renovation to something as catastrophic as a fire or explosion, it becomes deadly once again.
Most Ohio construction workers are aware that risks come with working on renovation or demolition projects. One of those risks is asbestos exposure since many buildings requiring demolition or renovation contain the toxic substance. If those materials are not handled correctly, workers could find themselves suffering from significant health problems at some point in the future.
Whether here in Ohio or elsewhere, cities are tasked with protecting their citizens from all manner of dangers. This is done through numerous avenues such as providing emergency services, maintaining public roadways and not purposely exposing residents to toxic substances, if possible. That may be why one city in a state on the East Coast could find itself in trouble after firefighters say the city intentionally burned a building that led to potential asbestos exposure for them and residents in the area.
Many people believed that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act signed into law in 2016 would improve environmental conditions by shoring up the Toxic Substances Control Act. The TSCA left much to be desired when it came to protecting human health from risks such as asbestos exposure here in Ohio and elsewhere. It was hoped that the 2016 law would do more since it allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to permanently ban certain products such as asbestos from use in the country.
In addition to the flames, the smoke created by fires can present certain dangers. Smoke inhalation on its own can cause substantial damage to a victim, but when other chemicals or toxic substances mix with the smoke, the results could be devastating for his or her health. This includes asbestos exposure that could occur during a fire, depending on the location. Ohio has certain locations such as old buildings and rail yards where this toxic compound exists, and during a fire, it could become airborne and lead to adverse health consequences.