Common Products Containing Asbestos
Asbestos is Still Used Today
Although asbestos was banned in the late 1970s, the powerful asbestos lobby succeeded in overthrowing government regulation, so asbestos continues to be imported into the United States today. Hundreds of products, from brake pads to roofing materials, still use asbestos.
Asbestos-containing products also remain in homes and structures build before government regulation. The United States is one of very few Western countries that has not banned asbestos completely. Unfortunately, this means workers and their families will continue to be exposed for years to come.
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Top Products That May Still Contain Asbestos
Asbestos was added to a variety of commercial and domestic products that still exist today. These products include:
- Automobile parts
- Engine components
- Hood liners
- Fireproofing materials
- Pipe coverings
- Electrical wiring
- Joint compounds
- Ship materials
- Navy sealer
- Ceiling tiles
- Ceramic tiles
- Floor tiles
- Roofing shingles
- Fire-retardant aprons
- Acoustical panels and plaster
- Coffee pots
- Cigarette filters
- Nuclear reactors
- Talcum powder
- Vinyl tiles and wallpaper
- Thermal tape
This list is just a sample of the asbestos-containing products still residing in American homes, ships and offices. At least 3,000 known products contain asbestos. In addition, many products imported from other countries with more lax government restrictions on asbestos have entered the United States. These countries include China, Brazil, and Mexico, among others. Many of these countries still mine, process, and use asbestos products that enter into the country every day.
Asbestos in Your Home
Asbestos was used largely as an insulator and construction material in the years before it was regulated. Structures built before the 1950s have the highest likelihood of containing asbestos, particularly in their insulation.
Consumer products manufactured using asbestos through the 1980s, include:
- Hair dryers
- Slow cookers
- Coffee brewers
- Ironing board covers
- Oven mitts
- Popcorn poppers
- Electric blankets
- Any fireproof item
- Portable heaters and stoves
- Furnace ducts
How to Protect Yourself from Asbestos Exposure
Anyone performing renovations or repairs in their homes or offices need to be aware of state and federal laws. These laws dictate how asbestos can be safely removed without any risk to the workers, their families, and anyone else in the surrounding area. Asbestos fibers - even those naked to the human eye - that are inhaled into the lungs can cause lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other life-threatening illnesses.
Homeowners should not attempt to remove asbestos-containing materials without first contacting a professional trained in asbestos abatement. The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides detailed guidelines for how to handle asbestos in the home.