In 2017, most people know that asbestos is dangerous and causes serious illnesses such as cancer. People who have developed asbestos-related illnesses know all too well the devastating impact it can have.
Vast amounts of research into asbestos has taken place. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of people have died after being exposed to it. Despite this, asbestos continues to be used around the world. Amazingly, only 60 countries have banned the substance entirely. Even in countries where asbestos has been banned, the substance is still present in buildings.
Asbestos is still used in over 130 countries:
Shockingly, the USA and Canada are yet to fully ban asbestos. In 2011, Canada did not support adding chrysotile asbestos to a list of hazardous substances listed in the Rotterdam Convention. Canada exports the majority of its asbestos to other countries. However, in December 2016, the country announced they would ban asbestos by 2018.
Sadly, there are still many countries that need to follow suit. Russia, China, India, Kazakhstan and Thailand all still use asbestos. In China, the asbestos business is booming and they have more than 400 factories producing asbestos roof sheeting and other asbestos products.
Why is asbestos still used?
Asbestos is used because it is cheap, strong, heat and electric resistant, and non-flammable. These properties make it an ideal substance to be used in construction.
Although there are benefits to using asbestos, they certainly do not outweigh the terrible disadvantages. Not everyone who works with asbestos will develop an asbestos-related condition. However, it is impossible to know who will be affected. Perhaps one of the most devastating thing about asbestos conditions is that, due to the latency period, sufferers often do not get any symptoms until 10 to 50 years after exposure.
We are constantly speaking to people who have worked hard all their lives and are looking forward to retirement when they will spend time with their families. A lot of these people do not get the chance, as they are diagnosed with incurable mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos.
We urge all countries who still use asbestos to reconsider their stance and stop putting innocent workers at risk of asbestos disease
How can we help?
If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease please contact us today on our Freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over our contact us page, complete the form, and we will be in touch.