THE VERY term asbestos conjures up an image of greedy manufacturers so involved with profits that they ignored the safety of their employees for decades, possibly for centuries. Even when it became public knowledge that there was a direct link between exposure to asbestos and a number of diseases and deaths, those same manufacturers attempted to sidestep their responsibilities.

By definition, asbestos is a strong and flexible fibrous material that is resistant to fire, heat, and corrosion. The fact that asbestos has an infinite half-life has made it even more desirable. The properties of asbestos have made it ideal for a wide range of products that include: insulation, brake-lining, clutch facings, roofing, flooring, pipes, packing, gaskets, protective clothing, gas masks, grinding wheels, fire retardants, drywall patching ...

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