Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used widely in products and industrial settings until it was eventually banned. Once hailed as “wonder mineral”, asbestos was utilized mainly for its durability and resistance to heat, making it a vital component of many manufactured goods, building materials, packaging, gaskets, coatings and friction products.
From 1900 to the 1980s, asbestos was used in more than 3000 products. In addition, more than 30 million tons of the mineral were utilized in schools, power plants, buildings, homes and industrial facilities. Unfortunately, when any of these products become disturbed, they release asbestos fibers which can be inhaled into the body and may eventually cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
The Environmental Protection Agency deems any item with 1% or more asbestos to be an asbestos-containing product. The following is a list of some of these products.