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Employers should take steps to prevent asbestos-related illness

In Ohio, there are occasional instances in which asbestos is found in a building or structure where people live, work and go to school. Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can lead to a variety of illnesses, so it is important to understand what steps to take if there has been exposure and people are either suffering from or believe they might be suffering from asbestos-related illnesses. A part of seeking compensation when a person is suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung illness and other health problems that are linked to asbestos is to know what rules are in place to protect people from exposure and if they were violated.

There are standards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has implemented to protect workers who might be subject to asbestos exposure and to shield them from asbestos-related illness. Although it was once considered a versatile substance to be used in many capacities - specifically to protect against fire - asbestos was eventually found to be dangerous. When it is in the air and people inhale it, it causes a variety of illnesses and diseases. Most are difficult to treat, are debilitating and lead to death. Knowing the OSHA requirements can be key when determining if they were fulfilled.

People working in general industry, shipyards and construction must understand that there are different OSHA standards. People in general industry who work with maintenance, manufacturing of products that use asbestos and brake and clutch repair have one set of requirements. Those who repair, maintain, renovate and demolish shipyard structures where asbestos is present have other requirements. And construction, repair, maintenance and other duties during construction have a third set of standards. These vary based on the level of fibers that workers can be exposed to during certain finite time periods.

Another fundamental factor is that employers must complete their testing prior to work starting and there must be continued monitoring to see if there were changes that make the potential of exposure worse. With asbestos-related illness, it can take many years for exposure to manifest into the person showing symptoms. However, for those who believe they or a loved one was subjected to asbestos exposure and have become ill because of it, investigating the situation could be of paramount importance.

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