Mesothelioma Awareness Day is on September 26, and is a day to recognize the importance of asbestos prevention in the workplace. This year marks the 17th anniversary, and encourages workers to ensure the protection of their health with awareness about this hazardous mineral.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral that was utilized in a variety of building materials and products from the 1900s up until the 1980s. With its heat resilience, ability to withstand erosion, and electrical insulation properties, asbestos was an appealing mineral to use in most building occupation industries. The CDC notes that employees in the construction industry are among those with the highest rates of exposure, with an estimated 1.3 million construction workers coming into contact with asbestos on the job each year. At its height, asbestos could have been found in anything such as: