Asbestos Companies and the Corporate Cover-Up (2023)

Today, asbestos is universally recognized as a highly toxic substance. But just a few decades ago, asbestos was one of the most widely used materials in the U.S. It was used as a building material and the base ingredient for thousands of products. Sadly, this proliferation of asbestos resulted in the biggest man-made epidemic in history which claimed countless lives.

The scale of the human tragedy caused by asbestos could have been significantly reduced if the companies that mined and sold asbestos and asbestos-based products had not denied and concealed the true danger of asbestos from the American public.

If you or someone in your family has been impacted by asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, you can get financial compensation from these companies by filing an asbestos lawsuit. Contact our asbestos lawyers today.


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Asbestos Companies Knew About the Dangers Very Early On

The industrial use of asbestos dates back to around the 1870s when the mineral started being mined and used commercially on a large scale. It didn’t take long for the first signs of danger to emerge. By the late 1890s, the European medical community first began to notice and document signs of respiratory problems in people who mined and worked with asbestos.

The first documented report identifying a link between occupational asbestos exposure and serious respiratory disease came from a British factor inspector in 1898. Similar accounts were published in France (1907) and Italy (1908). The U.S. publication regarding the health hazards of working around asbestos did not come until 1918.

Medical case study reports documenting the symptoms of asbestosis appeared in the 1920s. IN 1930, a magazine published a Report on the Effects of Asbestos Duston the Lungs and Dust Suppression in the Asbestos Industry, which was one of the first scientific articles about the hazards of asbestos. Later that year, the U.S. Department of Labor called for the asbestos industry to implement exhaust systems and other safety measures.

Origins of the Asbestos Cover-Up

The conspiracy by the asbestos industry to conceal the health dangers of asbestos dates back to 1935. During that year, a group of over 50 of the most significant industrial companies in the country sent representatives to the “Symposium on Dust Problems at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research.” At this symposium, the groundwork for the asbestos cover-up was laid.

A crucial part of the plan involved the creation of various industry trade groups that were deceptively named to create the false and misleading impression that they were quasi-government organizations aimed at promoting health and safety. For example, the Air Hygiene Foundation (later renamed the Industrial Hygiene Foundation) was established in 1936. The primary purpose of this organization was to protect industrial corporations against occupation injury claims, but it outwardly appeared to be a public interest organization.

The Industrial Hygiene Foundation and the other trade groups posing as health agencies then started publishing what were held out to be “official” health and safety standards for things like air quality, and asbestos exposure. These standards purported to be based on scientific research and data, but they were actually not based on anything. These safety standards were very high levels that were arbitrarily set to help protect companies from liability.

After creating and publishing these self-serving safety standards, the industry organization then started lobbying various government organizations to formally adopt the standards and give them the force of law. For the most part, these efforts were successful and once the standards were adopted by the government agencies, they gave the companies a powerful shield that would take decades to penetrate.

Suppression of Asbestos Occupational Exposure Claims

The creation of their own self-made safety standards and regulations beginning in the 1930s was so effective that it gave the asbestos companies a free pass that lasted for several decades. The companies used the safety standards to effectively block all external claims and questions about the possible hazards of asbestos.

Meanwhile, executives at asbestos companies continued to receive a steady stream of internal evidence and information about the impact that asbestos exposure was having on the health of their employees. Medical reports detailing the clear link between death and disease and asbestos were deliberately concealed from the public and the employees.

Rather than implement protective safety measures or provide employees with personal protective equipment to prevent harm from asbestos exposure, the asbestos companies simply fell back on their safety standards and ignored the evidence. When employees got sick, they were bought off with very small compensation payments.

When the first asbestos lawsuits started getting filed, the asbestos companies claimed they were unaware of the potential dangers of asbestos. They also cited the safety standards as evidence. These defenses worked fairly effectively and many of the earliest asbestos cases resulted in defense victories.

The Sumner Simpson Papers

The industry-wide asbestos conspiracy was dramatically and conclusively exposed in 1977 by a stash of 6,000 pages worth of documents called the Sumner Simpson papers were found during civil discovery in an asbestos lawsuit. The Sumner Simpson papers provided detailed proof of how the asbestos industry collectively concealed and covered up the dangers of asbestos for decades.

The “Sumner Simpson Papers” are documents from two American asbestos-producing corporations: Raybestos-Manhattan and Johns-Manville. Named after the president of Raybestos-Manhattan at that time, these documents have been used as evidence in lawsuits and have played a significant role in the history of asbestos litigation.

In the early 20th century, the harmful effects of asbestos were already known among the scientific and medical community, but the general public was largely unaware. The “Sumner Simpson Papers” reveal that both the Raybestos-Manhattan and Johns-Manville corporations were aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure but chose to suppress this information in an effort to protect their profits.

They Knew What Asbestos Did

This secret correspondence between Sumner Simpson of Raybestos-Manhattan and Vandiver Brown of Johns-Manville took place during the 1930s and 1940s. In these letters, the executives discussed the need to keep quiet about the health risks of asbestos to their workers and the general public. They also conspired to influence scientific research and publications regarding asbestos in order to downplay its harmful effects.

The papers were discovered in the 1980s and have since played a crucial role in asbestos litigation. They have been used as evidence to prove that the asbestos industry was aware of the dangers of their products, yet continued to produce and sell them without warning their workers or the public.

Litigation Turning Point

The extent of the corporate conspiracy revealed by these documents was shocking and generated much public attention. This was the pivotal turning point in the history of asbestos and asbestos litigation. The Sumner Simpson papers led to thousands of asbestos lawsuits, billions in compensation payouts to victims, and countless corporate bankruptcies.

The exposure of the asbestos cover-up conspiracy has enabled victims who were harmed by asbestos exposure to bring civil lawsuits and get billions of dollars in jury payouts and settlement compensation for victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families.

List of Companies Involved in Asbestos Lawsuits

All of the companies listed below have or had some involvement or connection to the manufacture, design or sale of asbestos or asbestos-based products. This list also includes companies that have indirect liability for asbestos injuries because they owned subsidiaries that used to make asbestos products or they made products that required the use of asbestos.

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos through your work, browse our partial list below of companies linked to asbestos exposure. If you have worked at one of these asbestos companies in the past, you should tell your doctor you may have been exposed to asbestos.

3M Companies

ABB Inc.

ABB Lummus

ABB Lummus Global, Inc

A.P. Green Industries

A.P.I. Inc of Minnesota

Aldrich Pump L.L.C. & Murray Boiler L.L.C./Trane U.S. Inc.

Alfa Laval Inc., individually and as successor-in-interest to Sharples, Inc., Alfa-Laval Separation, Inc. and DeLaval Separator Company

Allis-Chalmers A.W. Chesterton Company

Allis-Chalmers Corporation

American Asbestos Company

American Biltrite Inc.

American Cyanamid

American Electric Power

American Foreign Steamship

American Home Products

American Honda Corp.

American Insulated Wire

American International Co.

American Optical Company

American Olean Tile Co.

American Saturated Felt

American Standard

Amatex Corporation

Amber Supply Co.

Amchem/American Chemical


Anchor Packing Co

Anco Insulation

Anheuser Busch

API Heat Transfer

Aqua Chem

Argo International Corp.

Armstrong International

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

Ashland Specialty Chemical

Astra Flooring Company

AT&T Corp.

Atlantic Richfield Company

Atlas Electric Supply Co.

Atlas Heating and Ventilating

Atlas Turner

Attransco Ship Management

Aurora Pump Company

Auto Barn Stores

Automatic T.L.C. Fuel Oil

Autozone Inc.

Avco Corp.

Aventis Cropscience U.S.A. Inc.

Avocet Enterprises

Avondale Industries Inc.

Babcock & Wilcox

Badger Metals Inc.

Baker Hughes Oilfield

Bakers Pride Oven Co.

Baldor Electric Company

Barko Hydraulics, Llc


Bartells Asbestos Settlement Trust

Bath Iron Works

Bayer Corp.

Bayonne Plumbing Supply


Bear Stearns Companies

Bechtel Corp.

Beckett Corp.

Beech Aircraft Corp.

Belden Wire and Cable Co.

Bell & Gossett Company

Bell Asbestos Mines Ltd.

Bell Atlantic Corp.

Bendix Corp. fka AlliedSignal

Bergen Tile & Linoleum Co.

Best Manufacturing Co.

Bestobell Steam Traps

Bethlehem Apparatus

BF Goodrich Company

B.H.P. Copper

Biltrite Corp., The

Bird Incorporated

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Blackman Plumbing Supply

BMW of North America, Llc

BNSF Railway Company

Boeing Company, The

Bohn Aluminum

Boise Cascade Corp.

Borg Warner Automotive


Bondex International

B.P. Amoco

Brauer Supply Company

Bridgestone Tire Co.

British Airways Plc

Buffalo Air Handling

Buffalo Pumps

Burnham Corp.

Burns & Roe

Burns International Services

CE Thurston

California Portland Cement

Camden Flooring Company

Canteen Corp.

Capital Gypsum

Carboline Company

Carborundum Company

Carey Canada Mines

Carlisle Companies Inc.

Carrier Corporation

Carver Pump Company


C.B.S. Corp.


Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Central Jersey Supply

Central Pipe Supply

Central Power & Light

CertainTeed Corporation

Champion Friction Co.


Chevron Corp.

Chevron Shipping Co.

Chicago Bridge & Iron

Chicago Fire Brick

Chicago Pneumatic

Chiquita Brands International

Ciba-Geigy Corp.

Cilco Energy Corp.

Clarage Fan Company

Cleaver Brooks Co.

Colonial Sugar & Refining

Coltec Industries

Columbia Acoustics

Columbia Boiler Co.

Columbia Pictures Industries

Combustion Engineering

Comet Auto Supply

Commonwealth Edison

Compudyne Corp.

Conagra Foods

Conair Corp.


Connecticut Light & Power

Consolidated Edison of N.Y.

Consolidated Insulation

Consolidated Rail Corp.


Conwed Corp.

Cooper Industries

Cooper Tire & Rubber

Cooper-Standard Automotive

Core Furnace Systems Corp.

Corning Inc.

Corrpro Companies

Courter & Company

Crane Co.

Crescent Electric Supply

Crocker-Wheeler Company

Crosby Valve

Crown Boiler Co.

Crown Cork & Seal Company

C.S.R. Limited

CSX Transportation Inc.

Custom Building Products


Cypress Plumbing & Heating

Cyprus Amax Minerals Co.

D.A. Stuart Company

D.L. Steiner

DAL-Tile International

Dana Corporation


DB Riley

Dean Pump Division

Deere & Company

DeKalb Tile Company

Delaval Steam Turbine

Dereco Inc.

Dial Corp., individually and as successor to Griscom-Russell Schack Company, Inc.

Detroit Stoker Company

Diamond National Corp.

Dole Foods

Domco Products Texas, L.P.

Donald Durham Company

Donaldson Acoustics Co.

Donlee Technologies

Douglass Insulation

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Dow Chemical Company

Dowman Products


Duke Power Energy Carolinas




Durametallic Corp.

Durfee Hardware

Dynamic Seals

Duro Dyne Corporation

E&B Mill Supply

E. J. Bartells Company

Eagle-Picher Industries

East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Eastern Refractories Co.

Eastman Kodak Company

Eaton Electrical Inc.

Eckel Industries

Edward Valves

EI Dupont de Nemours

Electric Boat Corp.


Eli Lilly and Company

Elliott Turbomachinery Co.

Elm Supply CoInc.

Empire Ace Insulation Mfg.

Enpro Industries

Equistar Chemicals, L.P.

Equitable Company, The


Essex Plumbing Supply

Essex Wire Corp.

Evcon Industries

Expo Industries

Exxon Mobil Corp.

F. A. Richard & Associates, Inc.

Fairbanks Morse Pump Corp.

Fairchild Corp.

Falk Corp., The

Farrell Lines

Federal Boiler Company

Feldman Lumber Industries


Felt Products Mfg. Co.

Fiat U.S.A.

First Hartford Corp.

FirstEnergy Corp.

Fisher Scientific Company

Fitzgibbons Boiler Company


Flowserve Corporation, individually and as successor-in-interest to Byron Jackson and Sier Bath Gear & Pump Co.

Flowserve U.S. Inc., f/k/a Flowserve Pump Corporation, individually and as successor-in-interest to Anchor Darling Valve Company

F.M.C. Corp.

Ford Motor Company

Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation

Foster Wheeler, L.L.C.

Forty-Eight Insulations

G&G Seal Co.

Gage Company, The

G.A.F. Corporation

Gardner Denver, Inc.

Garlock Sealing Technologies, L.L.C., individually and as a successor-in-interest to Garlock, Inc.

Garson Plumbing Supplies

General Cable Corp.

General Dynamics Corp.

General Electric Company

General Motors

General Refractories Co.

George A. Fuller Company

Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Gould’s Pumps, Incorporated

Graham Corp.

Granite Construction Co.

Granite Rock Company

Grant Wilson

Graphic Construction Corp.

Graves Automotive Supply

Graybar Electric Company

Grinnell Corp.

Grossman’s Lumber

Gulf Oil Limited Partnership

H.B. Fuller Company

H.B. Smith Company

H.B. Smith Company Incorporated

Hamon Research-Cottrell, individually and as successor to Research-Cottrell

Hanson Permanente Cement, Inc. f/k/a Kaiser Cement Corporation

Hardie-Tynes Co., Inc.


Harris Corporation

Harrisburg Glass, Inc.

Harbison Walker

Hedman Mines, Ltd.

Henry Vogt Machine Co.

Henry Technologies, Inc., f/k/a Henry Valve Co.

Highland Stucco

Hill Brothers Chemical Co.

Hirsch Pipe & Supply Co.

Holland Furnace

Hollinger Company

Hollingsworth & Vose Co.

Homasote Company

Honeywell International L.L.C.

Hopeman Brothers

Hudson Heating

Hudson Iron and Metal Co.

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Hunt Construction

Hysol Aerospace Corporation

I.C.I. Composites

I.M.O. Industries, Inc., individually and as successor-in-interest to DeLaval Turbine, Inc. and Warren Pumps, Inc.

I.M.O. Industries, Inc., as successor-in-interest to and f/k/a DeLaval Turbine, Transamerica DeLaval, I.M.O. DeLaval and Enterprise Engine & Foundry Co.


Industrial Holdings Corp.

Industrial Insulation

Industrial Welding Supply

Insulation Supply Corp.

Intelli-Pack Corp.

Interlake Corp.

International Paper Co.

International Salt Co.

International Shipholding Corp.

I.T.T. Corp.

Jacuzzi Brands, Inc.

JH France Refractories Corporation

J.M. Asbestos Sales Co.

J.M. Huber Corp.

John Crane, Inc.


Johnson & Johnson

Johnston Boiler

Kaiser Gypsum Co., Inc.

Kaiser Permanente Cement

Keene Corp.

Kelly-Moore Paint Co.

Kentile Floors, Inc.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Kohler Co.

Koppers Co.

Kroger Co.

L&M Insulation Supply

Lamons Gasket Co.

Lancaster Chemical

Lear Corporation

Leslie Controls, Inc.

Lewellyn Insulation

Libby-Owens-Ford Co.

Linde Air Products Co.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Louisiana-Pacific Corp.

Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.

L.T.V. Steel Co.

Lubrizol Corp.

Lyondell Chemical Co.

M&M Insulation Supply

M & M Manufacturing

M.H. Detrick Co.

MacArthur Co.

Madison Industries

Maremont Corp.

Marshall Durbin Food Corp.

Marshalltown Mfg. Co.

Masonite Corp.

Master Flo Valve

McCord Corp.

McDonnell Douglas Corp.

McKesson Corp.

Mead Corp.

Medusa Corp.

Merck & Co.

Metalclad Insulation Corp.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

Mid-Valley Plumbing & Supply

Mid-Valley Supply

Midwest Asbestos Co.

Midwest Insulation Supply

Milford Pipe Supply

Mills Insulation Supply

Mobil Oil Corp.

Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Monsey Products Co.

Monsanto Co.

Moore & Munger

Morgan Crucible Co.

Motorola Inc.

Murphy Valve


National Gypsum

New Jersey Insulation Supply Co.

Newark Insulation Supply

Newport News Shipbuilding

Noble Drilling Services, Inc.

Norandex Building Materials Distribution

Norfolk Southern Railway Co.

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northwestern Insulation Supply

Norton Company

Oakfab Co. Inc.

Oglebay Norton Company

Okonite Company

Olin Corp.

Olympus America Inc.

Ormet Corp.

Outboard Marine Corporation

Owens Corning/Fibreboard

Owens-Illinois, Inc.


Paddock Enterprises L.L.C. (Owens-Illinois Inc.)

Parker-Hannifin Corporation, individually and as successor-in-interest to Dennison Engineering

P.C.C. Flow Technologies Holdings, Inc., individually and as successor-in-interest to Johnston Pump Company

Peerless Industries Company, Inc.

Peerless Pump Company, Inc.

Pentair, Inc.

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Pfizer Inc.

Plant Insulation Company

Plant Products & Supply Co.


Plibrico Construction

Plumbing Distributors Inc.

Plumbing Wholesalers Inc.


Pratt & Whitney

P.P.G. Industries, Inc.

Preservation Co.

Proctor & Gamble Co.

Puget Sound Energy

Pulaski Plumbing & Heating Supply

Pulaski Products Corp.

Purity Wholesale Grocers

Puron Refrigerants Inc.


Quaker Chemical Corporation

Quigley Company, Inc.

Quimby Equipment Co., Inc.

Quintec Industries, Inc.

Rapid-American Corporation as successor-in-interest to Phillip Carey Manufacturing Corp.

R.B.C. Bearings Inc.

Reardon Co., The

Redken Laboratories Inc.

Refractory & Insulation Supply Co.

Republic Powdered Metals

Rheem-Manufacturing Company

Robert A. Keasbey, Co.

Robinson Plumbing & Heating Supply

Roofers Mart of N.J.

Roofing and Insulation Supply Co.

Roper Pump Company

Roto Insulation Co.

Saberhagen Holdings, Inc., as successor to Tacoma Asbestos Company and The Brower Company

Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp.

Schutte & Koerting, Inc.

Selby Battersby & Company

Sepco Corporation

Sertex Insulation Supply Co.

Sherwin-Williams Co.

Shook & Fletcher

Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

Spirax Sarco, Inc.

Sprague Products, a division of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corporation

S.P.X. Corporation, individually and as successor-in-interest to United Dominion Industries, The Marley Company, Wylain, Inc., Weil-McLain, a Division of Wylain, Inc., and Weil-McLain Company

Sterling Fluid Systems (U.S.A.), L.L.C., as successor to Peerless Pump Company

Stewart Warner Corporation

Swenson Technology, Inc.

Syd Carpenter Marine Contractor, Inc.

TACO, Inc.

Tennessee Insulation Supply Co.

The Anchor Packing Co.

The Dial Corporation, individually and as successor-in-interest to Griscom-Russell Company

The Fulton Companies, individually and as successor to Fulton Boiler Works

The Gorman-Rupp Company, individually and as successor-in-interest to Patterson Pump Company, and C.H. Wheeler

The Nash Engineering Company, Inc.

The Trane Company, individually and as a subsidiary of American Standard, Inc.

Thermal Control Systems Inc.

Thomas Dee Engineering Co., Inc.

Thorpe Insulation Company

Treadwell Corporation

Triple A Machine Shop, Inc.

Tuthill Corporation, individually and as successor-in-interest to Westinghouse Electric Corporation and BF Sturtevant

Tyco Flow Control, Inc., individually and as successor-in-interest to Yarway Corporation

Union Carbide Corporation

Uniroyal, Inc.

United Gilsonite Laboratories

United Insulation Company

United States Gypsum

United States Mineral Products

United Technologies Corp.

U.S. Electrical Motors

Viacom, Inc., by merger with C.B.S. Corporation f/k/a Westinghouse Electric Corporation successor-in-interest to BF Sturtevant Co.

VIAD Corp, f/k/a The Dial

Viking Pump, Inc., a Unit of IDEX Corporation

Vulcan Materials Co.

W.R. Grace

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Wacker Chemical Corp.

Ward Boiler Co.

Warren Pumps, Inc.

Weil-McClain, a division of the Marley Company

Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Westvaco Corp.

Weyerhaeuser Co.

Whirlpool Corp.

White Consolidated Industries

Whiting Corporation

Wilkes Barre Plumbing Supply

Williams & Company

Wilson Auto Electric

Winkler, Inc.

Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Wood Conversion Co.

Woodward Governor Co.

Worthington Industries

Wylie Plumbing Supply

Wyman-Gordon Forgings

Xerox Corporation

Xerxes Corporation

Yarway Corporation

York International Corp.

Young Insulation Group of St. Louis

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Zurn Industries, Inc.

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Can employers protect their employees against asbestos? ›

Wear protective outer clothing that can be removed and cleaned or discarded. If work involving asbestos-containing materials must be done, use a NIOSH-approved respirator to protect workers from inhaling asbestos fibers. Wash exposed parts of the body with soap and water.

Which companies used asbestos? ›

Viable Companies That Used Asbestos
  • 3M Company.
  • 84 Lumber.
  • Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
  • Afton Pumps Inc.
  • Agco Corporation, F/K/A Massey-Ferguson.
  • Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, successor by merger to Buffalo Pumps, Inc.
  • Allied Air Enterprises LLC.
  • Ameron International Corporation, as successor in interest to Bondstrand.

What industry is causing asbestosis? ›

Most heavy exposures to asbestos occurred in the past. The heaviest exposures today tend to occur in the construction industry and in ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos-containing materials due to renovation, repairs, or demolition.

What to do if an employee is exposed to asbestos? ›

Employers Have A Duty To Workers That Are Exposed To Asbestos. Every employer is required to inform workers if they are working with asbestos or in an environment with a risk of asbestos exposure. If you are concerned about your asbestos exposure in your current workplace, speak to your employer immediately.

What is the OSHA policy for asbestos? ›

Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for asbestos is 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter of air as an eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA), with an excursion limit (EL) of 1.0 asbestos fibers per cubic centimeter over a 30-minute period. The employer must ensure that no one is exposed above these limits.

What workers are at risk of asbestosis? ›

High-Risk Job Sites

Today, electricians, firefighters, auto mechanics, chloralkali workers, oilfield brake mechanics and many other occupations remain at risk. A dust-covered Johns-Manville worker in the process of mixing raw ingredients for asbestos insulation products.

Who produces the most asbestos in the world? ›

Russia. Russia, which is the largest country in the world in terms of land mass, also leads the planet in asbestos production. Russia's high production numbers stem from the city Asbest, located about 900 miles northeast of Moscow.

Who is the largest provider of asbestos in the world? ›

Workers package asbestos in Zhangye, China. In 2008 China produced an estimated 280,000 metric tons of asbestos, making it the world's second-largest producer. The world leader, Russia, produced an estimated 1,017,000 metric tons in 2008.

What products still contain asbestos? ›

Where Can I Find Asbestos?
  • Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite.
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
  • Roofing and siding shingles.
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on walls and ceilings.
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Which state produce most asbestos? ›

Two states of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh produce almost the whole of asbestos of India. Rajasthan is the largest producer.

Do all asbestos workers get mesothelioma? ›

Out of all people with heavy, prolonged exposure to asbestos, 8% to 13% develop mesothelioma. Research shows no amount of asbestos exposure is safe. The risk of developing mesothelioma is highest among asbestos workers who endured years of exposure, but it may develop in people with limited exposure.

What is the most asbestos-related disease? ›

According to IARC, there is sufficient evidence that asbestos causes mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen), and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary (8). In fact, it is thought that most mesotheliomas are due to asbestos exposure (9).

Where is asbestos found naturally? ›

Asbestos is commonly found in ultramafic rock, including serpentine, and near fault zones. The amount of asbestos that is typically present in these rocks range from less than 1% up to about 25%, and sometimes more. Asbestos is released from ultramafic and serpentine rock when it is broken or crushed.

What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning? ›

Symptoms of asbestosis
  • shortness of breath – this may only occur after physical activity at first, but it can eventually become a more constant problem.
  • a persistent cough.
  • wheezing.
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • chest pain.
  • in more advanced cases, clubbed (swollen) fingertips.
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Who is responsible for exposure to asbestos? ›

Asbestos liability means a company is legally responsible for injuries resulting from asbestos exposure. If a court finds a company liable for asbestos exposure related injuries, the individual who was injured may be able to recover damages.

What is the limit of detection for asbestos? ›

Range and Detection Limit

2.1. The ideal counting range on the filter is 100 to 1,300 fibers/mm2. With a Walton-Beckett graticule this range is equivalent to 0.8 to 10 fibers/field. Using NIOSH counting statistics, a count of 0.8 fibers/field would give an approximate coefficient of variation (CV) of 0.13.

What is considered an unacceptable exposure limit? ›

The recommendation for occupational noise exposure is 85 decibels (dBA) for an 8-hour TWA. For every 3 dB over 85, the exposure time is cut in half. NIOSH reports exposures above this level are considered hazardous. NIOSH uses a hierarchy of control to reduce or remove hazardous noise.

What is the incubation period of asbestos? ›

Asbestosis has a long latency period, which means the disease usually does not develop until years after the asbestos exposure that caused it. In most cases, asbestosis symptoms take 20 to 30 years to present from the time someone is initially exposed to asbestos.

What is considered short term asbestos exposure? ›

What is Short-Term Exposure to Asbestos? Short-term asbestos exposure refers to exposure for just a few days. Typically, this level of exposure does not result in significant illness. That said, there are extreme examples of short-term asbestos exposure that can result in significant illness.

How many Americans are exposed to asbestos? ›

1.3 million American workers are still exposed to workplace asbestos today. 2,500 to 3,000 new mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. 43,073 mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths occurred in America between 1979 and 2001.

What is the asbestos capital of the world? ›

An examination of how the BoRit site was remediated, and whether or not the safety of the animals and the resident is still in any jeopardy from the asbestos that remains underground. Ambler, Pennsylvania, a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia, was formerly known as the asbestos capital of the world.

What is the highest risk asbestos? ›

Crocidolite and amosite are the two most dangerous forms of asbestos — they pose the greatest risks to health if their fibres are inhaled.

Is asbestos banned in the US? ›

1989 Partial Ban on the manufacture, import, processing, and distribution of some asbestos-containing products. EPA also banned new uses of asbestos which prevent new asbestos products from entering the marketplace after August 25, 1989. These uses remain banned.

What country mines the most asbestos? ›

Russia is the world's largest producer of asbestos. The city of Asbest is home to an enormous mine which generates 500,000 metric tons of white (chrysotile) asbestos each year. It is known as the dying city because of its high rates of asbestos-related diseases.

Which country has most asbestos-related deaths? ›

The United Kingdom was found to have the highest age-adjusted mortality rate (17.8 per million), followed by Australia (16.5 per million), and Italy (10.3 per million). Trend analyses were also conducted based on a subset of the data from countries (n = 46) reporting at least 5 years of data.

Is asbestos still being made? ›

There is currently no production of asbestos in the United States. Most of the asbestos used here is imported from Canada. How was asbestos used? It has been estimated that asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 different products.

Does hair dryer contain asbestos? ›

Although no longer manufactured, hairdryers containing asbestos were likely in use in the United States through the early 1980s. The risk associated with hairdryer use during this time was highest for hairdressers, due to daily asbestos exposure resulting from close proximity to the fibers released from the dryer.

Do All old houses have asbestos? ›

Your older home probably did not come with an inventory of all asbestos containing materials, but if the house in which you live was built before 1980, there's a good chance that you'll find asbestos containing materials in the walls, ceiling, roof or floors – or all of the above.

Do they still use asbestos in brake pads? ›

Most auto manufacturers haven't installed asbestos-containing brake components since the 1990s due to health concerns for those that perform brake-related automotive repair or maintenance.

What percent of US buildings still have asbestos? ›

About 20% of all public and commercial buildings in the U.S. contain some asbestos material, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Does the US export asbestos? ›

Domestic Production and Use: The last U.S. producer of asbestos ceased operations in 2002 as a result of the decline in domestic and international asbestos markets associated with health and liability issues. The United States has since been wholly dependent on imports to meet manufacturing needs.

What common material is most likely to contain asbestos? ›

Common materials that may contain asbestos
  • Lagging.
  • Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams/columns.
  • Asbestos insulating board.
  • Floortiles, textiles and composites.
  • Textured coatings.
  • Asbestos cement products.
  • Roofing felt.
  • Rope seals and gaskets.

What is the life expectancy of asbestos patients in the lungs? ›

Average asbestos-related lung cancer life expectancy is 16.2 months. An asbestos-related lung cancer prognosis is best determined by a lung cancer specialist. You may be able to improve your prognosis through treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

Can one time exposure to asbestos cause mesothelioma? ›

Can short-term asbestos exposure cause mesothelioma? Short-term exposure to asbestos dust can lead to mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. But unless the exposure is intense, the risk of cancer from short-term exposure is very low.

How much exposure do you need to asbestos to get mesothelioma? ›

Studies indicate that approximately 2% to 10% of people regularly exposed to asbestos are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the most deadly form of asbestos-related cancers. Most research indicates that mesothelioma does not usually manifest until 20 to 50 years following asbestos exposure.

Is anyone immune to asbestos? ›

The natural history of mesothelioma shows that a resistance to the oncogenic effects of asbestos does exist. Probably, such a resistance is due to the efficient immune mechanisms.

What 3 diseases can asbestos cause? ›

In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can also cause cancer of the larynx and ovary. Current evidence also suggests asbestos exposure may cause cancer of the pharynx, stomach, and colorectum.

What is the main root cause of asbestos-related diseases? ›

Asbestos-related diseases are caused by breathing in asbestos fibres. These microscopic particles are released into the air when asbestos is disturbed or damaged. If inhaled, the fibres become trapped in the lungs and over long periods of time, can cause inflammation, scarring and disease.

Does asbestos grow in your lungs? ›

When the dust is breathed in, the asbestos fibres enter the lungs and can gradually damage them over time. But you would need long-term exposure to asbestos fibres, usually over many years, before you develop asbestosis.

What rocks are asbestos found in? ›

Asbestos is most commonly found in three rock types: serpentinites, altered ultramafic rocks, and some mafic rocks. Other rock types known to host asbestos include metamorphosed dolostones, metamorphosed iron formations, carbonatites, and alkalic intrusions.

What color is asbestos? ›

Some types of asbestos are known by their colour, such as white asbestos (Chrysotile) and brown asbestos (Amosite). Despite this, asbestos actually comes in lots of other colours including grey, green and yellow, and it isn't possible to identify which type of asbestos is present just from its colour.

Can the lungs clear asbestos? ›

Can asbestos be removed from the lungs? No known method exists to remove asbestos fibers from the lungs once they are inhaled. Some types of asbestos are cleared naturally by the lungs or break down in the lungs.

Is asbestos worse than smoking? ›

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking is the cause of 80% to 90% of lung cancer cases, while asbestos exposure is the primary cause in only about 4% of cases.

What organ does mesothelioma affect? ›

Mesothelioma mainly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), although it can also affect the lining of the tummy (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart or testicles.

Can you get VA disability for asbestos exposure? ›

If you have a health condition caused by contact with asbestos during your service, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation. Compensation provides tax-free monthly payments.

What is the white lung disease? ›

Asbestosis refers to a lung disease that is caused due to inhalation of asbestos fibres. It is also known as White Lung Cancer because asbestosis looks like a large white area in the X-ray of the lungs. The symptoms of this disease range from mild to severe. The main symptom is shortness of breath.

When did companies start using asbestos? ›

The U.S. asbestos industry had an early start in 1858 when fibrous anthophyllite was mined for use as asbestos insulation by the Johns Company, a predecessor to the current Johns Manville, at a quarry at Ward's Hill on Staten Island, New York.

When was asbestos most commonly used in the construction industry? ›

It was extensively used from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s but can be found in buildings built before the year 2000. Asbestos materials present a risk to your health when the fibres become airborne. This happens if you cut, drill or otherwise break asbestos containing material during construction work.

When was the first asbestos lawsuit? ›

The first employee claims for injury from exposure to asbestos in the workplace were made in 1927, and the first lawsuit against an asbestos manufacturer was filed in 1929. Since then, many lawsuits have been filed.

Will a house built in 1978 have asbestos? ›

Many buildings built or remodeled between 1945 and 1978 may contain a crumbly, asbestos-containing material that has been either sprayed or troweled onto the ceiling or walls. If the material is in good condition, it is best to leave it alone.

Do homes built in 1950 have asbestos? ›

Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation. Asbestos may be present in textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977. Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.

Do all old houses have asbestos? ›

Your older home probably did not come with an inventory of all asbestos containing materials, but if the house in which you live was built before 1980, there's a good chance that you'll find asbestos containing materials in the walls, ceiling, roof or floors – or all of the above.

Would a house built in 1920 have asbestos? ›

Most homes constructed before 1980 contain asbestos.

If you lived in a home built in the 1920s or 1930s, there is a significant chance you have asbestos in different rooms, structures, and features. Contractors frequently used or applied asbestos-containing materials in: Ceiling tiles. Asphalt roof shingles.

Have all uses of asbestos been completely banned in the US since 1970? ›

Asbestos Ban in the U.S. On July 12, 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to ban the majority of asbestos products. However, it was overturned and asbestos is still imported from other countries.

Who was the first to use asbestos? ›

The ancient Greeks took advantage of the durability of asbestos fibers by spinning asbestos fibers into cloth to be used as blankets and tablecloths. Since asbestos fibers are resistant to fire, the ancient Romans used asbestos in the wicks of their ceremonial candles.

What famous people have died from mesothelioma? ›

  • Actor Ed Lauter (1938-2013) ...
  • Actor Paul Gleason (1939-2006) ...
  • Football Player/Broadcaster/Actor Merlin Olson (1940-2010) ...
  • Actor Sean Sasser (1968-2013) ...
  • Musician Joe Sample (1939-2014) ...
  • Musician Warren Zevon (1947-2003)


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