READ Act Seeks to Reduce Asbestos Exposure

Introduced by Illinois Senator Richard Durbin on March 10, 2015, the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database Act of 2015 (READ Act) is aimed at reducing the overall number of asbestos-related diseases and illnesses suffered by individuals across the United States. Some estimates place the number of affected victims at 10,000 each year. Even with such a high public health risk, there are still products containing asbestos come into the country for human use. The READ Act is meant to amend the Asbestos Information Act of 1988. With so many people harmed by asbestos, it is about time that Congress take more aggressive measures to reduce the overall impact of this substance and the personal injuries suffered as a result.

About the READ Act

The READ Act will update the provisions laid out in the Asbestos Information Act to help ensure modern, current, and accessible information about the types of products that contain asbestos and the locations of these products. The 1988 Act required manufacturers and processors of an asbestos-containing products with the Environmental Protection Agency, which was then updated into the Federal Register. This left many Americans at risk since they were unable to find information on potential exposure. Currently, asbestos is legal in the United States and can be found in roofing, flooring, and car parts.

Some products allowed in the country that may contain asbestos include:

  • Cement sheets, pipes, and shingles
  • Clothing
  • Brake pads
  • Clutch facings
  • Gaskets
  • Roofing felt
  • Vinyl floor tile
  • Roofing coatings

Asbestos is strongly linked to the development of mesothelioma, a type of cancer that protects the protective membrane surrounding the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Unfortunately, 3,000 cases of this serious disease are diagnosed annually. This database will be important for those concerned about whether a building or product may contain asbestos and allow the consumer to take appropriate action.

Asbestos can cause serious and life-threatening personal injury, and no one should suffer. The use of asbestos has been a known carcinogen for a while, and unfortunately that has not stopped many manufacturers from using this product. When your health and wellness are on the line, this is unacceptable. This is where we come in. At DiPasquale Moore, we take your concerns seriously. As personal injury lawyers, we fight to recover fair compensation when you have been harmed.

Schedule your free consultation with Kansas City personal injury attorneys if you have suffered as a result of asbestos exposure!

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