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How Will This New Asbestos Exposure Law Affect New Jersey Residents?

Asbestos exposure is linked to many serious respiratory diseases and types of cancers, including the following: Mesothelioma Lung cancer Asbestosis Although federal exposure limits were set for the workplace in the 1970s, approximately 10,000 people continue to die each year from illnesses caused by asbestos. While asbestos is primarily used for its heat and fire-resistant qualities or can be mixed with cement, it can also be used for electrical wiring or building insulation. Workers become exposed when they inhale or swallow asbestos fibers. Over time, these fibers can accumulate with repeated exposure and cause inflammation and scarring in the lungs, which leads to cancer or other diseases. Unfortunately, workers are not the only ones at risk. It is possible workers can carry home asbestos fibers on their skin, hair and clothes. This creates a secondary exposure risk for families or anyone the worker comes into repeated contact with for extended…
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