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The Decline of Asbestos in Manufacturing

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Although asbestos has many fascinating properties and advantages, the downside became very apparent.

Health problems associated with exposure to airborne asbestos particles had been noted since the early 1900s, and resulted in the passage of the Asbestos Industry Regulations of 1931 in England. By the mid-1960s, health problems began to surface among shipyard workers who handled asbestos insulation during World War II. In the United States, the problem reached the crisis stage by the 1970s, forcing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place severe restrictions on the use of asbestos. Although the EPA lifted the ban for certain kinds of asbestos in 1991, the public's faith had been severely shaken, and most manufacturers had voluntarily removed asbestos from their products. As a result, asbestos usage in the United States fell from about 880,000 tons/yr (800,000 metric tons/yr) in 1973 to less than 44,000 tons/yr (40,000 metric tons/yr) in 1997.
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