Despite the fact that the dangerous health effects of asbestos are well understood, it is still imported into the United States. This imported substance is used in a wide range of products that continue to put people in South Carolina at significant risk for asbestos exposure. A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency could help reduce the risk of exposure to new uses of asbestos.
Removing asbestos can be a dangerous undertaking and may put workers and nearby people at risk for exposure. In order to minimize asbestos exposure and the related health risks, removal of the toxic substance is heavily regulated. Some people in South Carolina and elsewhere view this regulation as more of an annoying roadblock than an important safety measure, and end up making decisions that land them in trouble with the law.
Asbestos is a chemically harmless substance, but when it is inhaled or ingested, it can wreak havoc on the body.
Exposure to asbestos is not always obvious at the time. Many people live years or even decades after exposure before developing sometimes subtle but troubling symptoms. When those symptoms end up pointing to mesothelioma, victims in South Carolina can be understandably angry and confused, and it is often the families who are left behind to address the injustices that lead to these types of diagnoses.
Following the discovery of asbestos in some of the cosmetic products sold by the retailer Claire's, some members of the U.S. Congress are pushing for improved warning labels on potentially dangerous products. Asbestos exposure is especially serious as it can lead to fatal illnesses decades in the future. Better labeling practices could give South Carolina consumers the power and confidence to choose products that are free from asbestos.