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Levels of Asbestos at Work Still too High

According to a recent study, guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as to the levels of asbestos which were acceptable at work were often ignored in the first 10 years of this century.

A team of work related toxicologists checked the OHSA databases and showed that on thousands of job sites, the concentration of asbestos was over the allowed levels across the whole country. Although concentrations of asbestos have declined over the last 30 years, the study found that in some industries the levels of airborne fibers were still over the Permitted Exposure Limit up to as late as 2011. This was especially the case for the worst offenders which were shipbuilding, chemical, manufacturing, auto repair, petroleum, rubber and construction industries.

These findings go some way to explaining why the National Cancer Institute has said they anticipate around 55,000 new cases of mesothelioma in men over the next 40 years even though the use of asbestos has supposedly declined rapidly over the past 35 years.

If you have been diagnosed with any an asbestos related disease, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. To find out how we can help you recover for your asbestos related claim, contact the Law Office of Brayton Purcell, LLP at (800) 598-0314 immediately, or contact us online for a free consultation.