Health Hub: Asbestos & Chemical Exposures

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AFT members and the workforce nationwide use thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in the workplace. As a result, workers suffer more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths annually related to chemical exposures. Workplace chemical exposures have been linked to cancers, and other lung, kidney, skin, heart, stomach, brain, nerve, and reproductive diseases. Dusts, like asbestos and silica are likewise dangerous to work around and require safeguards to be in place.

Below, access free resources and information for dealing with asbestos and chemical exposures.