An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant work related asbestos exposure. The heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.
Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated. OSHA and EPA asbestos rules are intertwined. The BNL program follows both OSHA and EPA guidelines as appropriate. Asbestos exposures are responsible for at least three types of diseases including: Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer.
Asbestosis a scarring of the lung tissue, which, is a slowly progressive disease with a latency period of 15 to 30 years. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural lining. Lung Cancer is a malignant tumor of the bronchi covering.