Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used extensively in materials between the 1930s and 1970s. Over 5,000 products were manufactured using asbestos containing materials including:

In the late 1970s, asbestos exposure was linked to several severe and fatal diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. This prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban manufacturing new asbestos containing material. It is permitted, however, to continue using existing asbestos containing materials.

Asbestos Containing Materials in Buildings

A 2004 U.S. Geological Survey concluded that asbestos is contained in 80% of roofing products. Asbestos containing building materials were very popular because asbestos acts as insulation and is virtually indestructible. Moreover, asbestos forms naturally in the earth, making it cheap and easily accessible.

Asbestos containing building materials include:

In 1978, the EPA banned the use of most asbestos containing construction materials after learning that exposure to asbestos containing materials can cause fatal cancers. Asbestos containing materials are defined as products containing one percent or more of asbestos. Most buildings, homes, and schools constructed before 1978 contain asbestos containing materials.

Asbestos Containing Materials in Textiles  

Until the late 1970s, textiles and clothing were often manufactured with asbestos. Asbestos was thought to be an ideal material for textiles and clothing because asbestos fibers are pliable and soft resembling cotton and nylon, and asbestos is non-combustible and acid resistant. Because asbestos insulates the body from cold temperatures, asbestos was used in winter garments. Asbestos containing materials were also woven into firefighters’ garments to make them fireproof.

The following textiles and clothing items were made with asbestos containing materials:

  • Gloves and blankets
  • Threads, cords, and yarns
  • Ironing board covers
  • Theater curtains
  • Laboratory aprons

Asbestos Containing Materials in Household Items

Because asbestos is durable, flexible. and resistant to extreme temperatures, it was used in many household items. For example, asbestos containing materials were used in creating plastic, an extremely popular household item. Other household items made with asbestos containing materials include:

  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Coffee pots
  • Toasters
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Crock pots
  • Irons
  • Hair dryers
  • Portable heaters
  • Duct tape
  • Electric fryers, fry pans, and other small kitchen appliances
  • Plastics

Injured by Asbestos Containing Materials?

If you or a loved one has been injured by an asbestos containing material, please contact our lawyers today for an assessment of your legal rights and options. 

Published November 17, 2011 by