Few things can make a person shudder more quickly than hearing the word "asbestos" from a contractor or home inspector.
Asbestos-related illness and deaths continue to plague residents of Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania at rates far higher than the national average and in higher numbers than was initially assessed. This, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. The group's report shows that at least 14,216 people died from asbestos-related illnesses between 1999 and 2013 here in Pennsylvania. PA is considered one of six states that have asbestos-related illness and deaths at 50% - 100% above the national average. Those other states include Maine, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, and Montana.
As the health risks of asbestos became more apparent, many people began to worry about their own health and safety regarding the product. Asbestos was used regularly in many different products, so it is understandable that people would be concerned. Fortunately for the average consumer, the use of asbestos was quickly regulated and restricted once the health issues became apparent. Most people nowadays are not exposed to asbestos regularly enough or at a high enough concentration to suffer adverse health effects.
Not many people are terribly familiar with asbestos, but those who are regularly exposed to it have likely heard of the health concerns associated with asbestos, including the potentially fatal diseases they can suffer from. However, it is important to remember that asbestos-related injuries are not always fatal. Still, those who are regularly exposed to asbestos will likely suffer adverse health effects that will negatively impact them for the remainder of their lives.