What Is Asbestos? (Dummy content)
Asbestos is a mineral that was used in many commercial and industrial products throughout the United States until the late 1980s. Asbestos has powerful insulating and fire-resistant properties which made it a very attractive material for use in a variety of products, including building materials, insulation, and others. Asbestos is still mined in many parts of the world, though in the United States, manufacturers are prohibited from using it in many products. However, asbestos remains widespread in many products that were made before the ban.
Asbestos was commonly used in construction, shipbuilding, automotive parts, and many other industries. Workers who inhaled or accidentally consumed asbestos fibers frequently develop significant health problems including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other cancers.
While experts acknowledged that asbestos could lead to health problems, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that a widespread consensus arose around the dangers of asbestos. Many asbestos-related illnesses take decades to develop. People who were exposed years ago are just now developing life-threatening illnesses.