Posted on January 13, 2014

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Linda Reinstein and Dr. David Michaels, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

This past July, as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was in Washington, D.C. for our Senate staff briefing, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discuss asbestos hazards and workers safety, and the need for additional resources to educate and to protect the public from asbestos-related diseases.

I encouraged OSHA to produce a Fact Sheet for asbestos hazards – and it’s here!  The newly updated and extremely informative resource can be found on OSHA’s publications page here!

Highlights of the Asbestos Fact Sheet include information on what asbestos is, where it may be found, OSHA’s standards to protect workers, worker rights and more. Since as early as 1971, OSHA has taken action and enforced regulation to protect workers from the hazards of asbestos.

Sincerest thanks to Dr. Michaels and OSHA for not only taking the time to listen to the stories of countless brave mesothelioma warriors, including those of Mavis, Janelle, Michael, Lou, Debbie, and Heather, but for taking action to educate the public on the hazards of asbestos and, ultimately, prevent future asbestos exposures.

Contact OSHA: for more information on this and other health-related issues impacting workers, to report an emergency, fatality or catastrophe, to order publications, to file a confidential complaint, or to request OSHA’s free on-site consultation service, contact your nearest OSHA office, visit www.osha.gov, or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.

Together, change is possible.

Linda

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