Asbestos: Lethal and Still a Threat to All Americans

By: Rose Kulbok | Posted on: September 9, 2016 2:04 pm
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Two years ago, the Ocean View School District in Orange County, California, was forced to close multiple schools and bus 1,600 students to temporary classrooms when asbestos was discovered during a modernization project. The cost of the asbestos abatement project, combined with the cost of bussing students to other schools, as well as lost state revenue due to parents who pulled their children out of the district, topped $15 million.

Asbestos remains a widespread hazard. Nearly all U.S. schools built between the 1940s and the 1970s contain asbestos. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), any building constructed before 1981 is presumed to contain asbestos.

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BY THE NUMBERS /
125 million
Exposed
The World Health Organization estimates that about 125 million people worldwide areexposed to asbestos at work.
15,000
Deaths
According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), 15,000 U.S. citizens die from asbestos-related diseases each year.
8 million
Pounds
More than eight million pounds of asbestos has been imported into the United States over the last decade.
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