Long used in the construction industry for its heat- and fire-resistant qualities, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that fell out of favor after its serious health risks were confirmed. The mineral -- which also was used in automobile brake pads, insulation, and military applications (such as shipbuilding) -- is no longer approved for use in new products. But it still remains in old buildings, mining sites, and other locations where its use flourished. Meanwhile, those exposed even decades ago are still discovering asbestos-related illnesses for the first time.
Many of these asbestos-related illnesses are deadly, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma (an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of internal organs). A less-serious but largely untreatable condition called asbestosis results from scarring in the lungs caused by asbestos fibers. But many of these illnesses take years and sometimes decades to show symptoms.
There is a long history of asbestos use in Texas, particularly in the industrial centers of Dallas and other large cities. This means that old buildings, decommissioned shipyards, and manufacturing plants still have a substantial amount of the fiber. When old buildings are renovated, for instance, these fibers can find their way into the lungs of workers. That is why Texas has regulations for how and when asbestos may be handled.
Texas Asbestos Regulations at a Glance
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