Preventing Asbestosis

Asbestos is a well recognized health hazard, and is highly regulated by the government. An estimated 1.3 million workers in the construction and general industry face significant exposure to asbestos on the job. The heaviest exposures are in the construction industry, especially during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Workers also can be exposed to asbestos during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

If you work with asbestos, you should use all protective equipment provided by your employer and follow recommended workplace practices and safety procedures. You can find information about work rules designed to protect yourself against asbestos-related disease through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.