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Asbestos and the construction industry

Because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that resists heat and electricity, it would seem to be an excellent substance for use in buildings. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry notes that while this was initially thought to be true, scientists discovered that exposure to the fibers can be fatal.

What are occupational diseases?

In Minnesota, you have the right to be protected against occupational diseases. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, an occupational disease is a condition caused by your work environment. This could include a range of things, such as lung disease, repetitive stress injuries or cancer. Such conditions often take time to develop and occur due to consistent and prolonged exposure to the source causing the disease.

Dangers of glyphosate still being debated

If you work in gardening, landscaping or farming in Minnesota, you should be well aware that there are risks associated with these occupations. Not only are you exposed to the elements, which can be severe in this state, you also work with powerful machinery and potentially harmful chemicals.

What is mesothelioma?

Most people are familiar with asbestos. It's one of the first things that comes to mind in regard to workplace hazards. Asbestos was a common material used in insulation and flame retardant materials prior to it being regulated, including being banned in many instances, in 1989.

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