When I was very young, I remember my teacher telling us about all the
wonderful attributes of asbestos. This was in the early 60s. At what point
did health officials become aware of the health risks of asbestos? Thanks
Late 60's or early 70's. At first is was just asbestos workers in the
processing plants than really came to light with a high incidence of lung
diseases. Now you just mention the word and people cringe. Under the
proper circumstances it is harmless in use. Processing, cutting and
otherwise making dust are the problem areas. It is the fine dust that you
inhale that causes the problems, not contact with the skin.
yes i remember the same thing in the 1950's and early 60's they thought
it was a wonder type thing.. like you could handle the heat and the
asbestoes would insulat it.. i remember it on all kinds of things.. like
the steam pipes at school so the kids did not get burned on the hot
pipes... i guess we just got the stuff in our lungs and never knew it as
it seemed safe at the time.. i think it was in the early 70's and a
little later you could not find it on cars... thats why they had all the
bad engines with head gaskets leaking.. they cold not take the heat(no
asbestoes in them).... and no brake shoes with asbestoes......
In the early 1970s, the US began to regulate asbestos use, but the
problems were known much earlier by asbestos manufacturers who kept the
information secret from workers and the public. Bless their little hearts.
Never mind asbestos - I recall playing with mercury in grade school - we
would roll it in our hands, drop it on the floor to see all the tiny spheres
form - then push them together to make a large ball again.
I think it has always been known the blue asbestos is deadly
dangerous, much more dangerous than the white asbestos. And it has
always been the dust that is most dangerous. It is harmless in the
Still, I know plenty of guys who worked in the building trade who cut
asbestos with a saw for years on end and died of something else. Ditto
car mechanics blowing out brake drums with compressed air.
I knew asbestos was dangerous in the 60's.
On Fri, 24 Oct 2003 02:24:04 GMT, "K Wind"
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