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Asbestos Information Texas and U.S.

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Ben DuBose is a life-long Texan, has fought for victims of mesothelioma across the United States for over fifteen years. He has witnessed first hand the terrible tragedy American workers, veterans and their families have suffered with this rare asbestos-related cancer.

Once commonly called the “magic mineral,” most people had no idea of its potential danger. Though asbestos is a natural mineral, it’s a deadly substance that gained widespread usage in the 20th Century — especially between 1900 and the mid 1980s. Since it was an ingredient in thousands of construction products and everyday household items, most people working with it didn’t know precautions should be taken to avoid exposure and contamination. But many companies and manufacturers did know and yet failed to inform and protect workers, their families and the public.

asbestos miningBecause asbestos is an extremely fibrous mineral, breaking it up through mining, milling, processing, or use of asbestos and its products create many small fibers.

These asbestos fibers easily pass through the body's natural defenses designed to trap debris within the respiratory systems before reaching the lungs because of their thin shape and small size. When they migrate inside the lungs, the asbestos fibers penetrate into the sensitive tissue of the lungs where they can cause scarring, mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

In the United States, hundreds if not thousands of various construction and consumer products were manufactured with asbestos as an ingredient for decades. Many of these products are still in place today in our homes and our offices. During the 20th century, more than 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial facilities, homes, schools, shipyards, steel mills, power plants, oilfields, and commercial buildings in the United States.

While safety regulations established by OSHA and the EPA in the 1970s has dramatically reduced exposures, people continue to be exposed to asbestos every day in the United States because of the broad use of the material throughout the 20th century. Astonishingly, there still is no complete ban on the use of asbestos in the United States.

railroad yardGlobally, in many countries, asbestos is still mined, processed, and used. In a growing number of others, asbestos is either banned or its use is severely restricted.

Just a few of the trades that were commonly exposed to asbestos include: insulator, pipe fitter, millwright, electrician, carpenter, sheetrocker, boilermaker, operator, roofer, plasterer, oilfield worker, railroad worker, welder, laborer, plumber, floor tile installer, HVAC repairman, ironworker, machinist mate, fireman, ship fitter, roustabout, roughneck, derrick man, mudman, tool pusher.

Below is a general list of just a few of the types of asbestos-containing products which were manufactured during the 20th century.


General List of 20th Century Asbestos Containing Products

Acoustical panels
Acoustical plaster
Acoustical tile
Asbestos board
Asbestos canvas
Asbestos cloth
Asbestos cord
Asbestos corrugated sheets
Asbestos curtains
Asbestos felt
Asbestos fiber
Asbestos finishing cement
Asbestos flatboard
Asbestos furnace tape
Asbestos gaskets
Asbestos gloves
Asbestos insulating blankets
Asbestos insulating cement
Asbestos insulation
Asbestos millboard
Asbestos mittens
Asbestos packing
Asbestos pads
Asbestos panels
Asbestos paper
Asbestos spray
Asbestos tape
Asbestos textile
Asbestos tiles
Asbestos yarn
Attic insulation
Automobile hood liners
Automobile brakes
Automobile sound deadeners
Calcium silicate insulation
Ceiling tiles
Cement pipe
Ceramic tile
Corrugated asbestos sheets
Drywall joint compound
Duct adhesive
Drilling mud additives
Electrical arc chutes
Electrical circuit breakers
Electrical circuit breakers
Electrical insulators
Fake snow
Finishing cement
Flexible duct connectors
Furnace cement
Oilfield drilling mud additives
Packing material
Pipe covering/pipe insulation
Raw asbestos fiber
Refractory cements
Roofing felt
Roofing paper
Rope packing
Sound shield
Talc powder
Tape and bed joint compound
Valve stem packing
Vinyl asbestos floor tile