Libraries are a central part of many communities in South Carolina. Whether offering free job training, internet access or simply books to check out, libraries provide valuable services in relatively safe settings. However, one out-of-state library ended up being less safe than some visitors might have realized, and contractors are now on the hook for possible asbestos exposure.
Removing asbestos from older buildings is extremely dangerous. If not done properly, asbestos fibers can become airborne. This type of asbestos exposure is linked to devastating health outcomes, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. However, before being diagnosed, some people in South Carolina might not even know that they were ever exposed to the deadly substance.
Working in certain industries can put people at a higher than average risk for being exposed to asbestos. However, being employed in construction or manufacturing is far from the only way to fall victim to asbestos exposure. In some situations, entire neighborhoods and communities might be exposed through no fault of their own.
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.
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.
Students and parents alike tend to expect schools to be safe places that are free from serious threats and risks. Sadly, this is not always the case. Older school buildings can pose various dangers, especially when poor upkeep contributes to things like hidden mold or dangerous stairwells. Another hidden risk in many old schools? The possibility of asbestos exposure.
Many women, teenagers and even young girls in South Carolina can recount going to a Claire's store to have their ears pierced. The popular chain not only provides ear piercing services, it also sells a wide variety of items marketed to young girls. Unfortunately, some of those products likely resulted in asbestos exposure.
Facing the death of a loved one is rarely an easy process, but it can be especially difficult when their death was the result of another's negligence. When dealing with asbestos exposure, this often involves families losing their loved ones to extremely devastating diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Some of these families in South Carolina choose to pursue compensation on behalf of their loved ones.
Long-term health issues are just one concern of unexpected exposure to the toxic substance asbestos. South Carolina victims might also face financial issues when dealing with medical bills for mesothelioma or lung cancer care, which can also require them to take time off work. But what about when the impact of asbestos exposure is more immediate. For students and employees of one major university, questions of what to do in the wake of asbestos exposure are lingering.