Mineral Wool was Used In Insulation Products
Mineral wool was a type of insulation used in homes, offices and industrial settings like chemical plants and aluminum plants. It was a necessary component in all of these locations to help keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This specific insulation was thought to be especially beneficial because it contained a fire resistant material that provided extra protection from severe weather conditions: asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral that is found in large natural deposits. During the Industrial Revolution several companies began to mine the material for use in insulation and other products. By the 1950's there were hundreds of manufacturers who included asbestos in an abundance of items they sold, and it remained a crucial component in most types of insulation. These products were installed in locations all over the nation.
By the 1970's, some truly disturbing news had surfaced about asbestos - it was found to be a one of the major causes of mesothelioma. Goods like Asbestos Mineral Wool contained millions of tiny asbestos fibers, and when the insulation was installed, moved or otherwise disturbed, there was a chance that some of these fibers could become separated and either float in the air or attach to clothing, walls and most any other surface. At any point these infinitesimal bits of asbestos could be inhaled by people without their knowledge and become lodged in their respiratory system.
Danger that Asbestos Poses
When asbestos is breathed in, it can do a large amount of damage. People who have spent time around products that contain this hazardous material have developed tissue scarring, respiratory problems and cancer. Asbestosis and Mesothelioma (including peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma) are two diseases that are direct results of asbestos exposure, and they can be deadly. The more time an individual spends around asbestos, the higher the mesothelioma risk factor. More often than not, a mesothelioma prognosis is not a good one and the number of mesothelioma survivors is typically low.
To make the situation even worse, unethical company owners continued to use asbestos in their products even after it was deemed to be hazardous. The often did not notify their employees of the danger, which allowed many more people to become ill. Had they even bothered to warn their staff, workers could have worn protective equipment which would have contributed to higher rates of mesothelioma prevention.
Asbestos Wool Products Containing Asbestos
The following partial list of asbestos wool products were known to contain asbestos:
|Product Name||Start Year||End Year|
|Celotex Carey Woolfelt|
|Nicotet 450 (No. 453 Wt. Mineral Wool)||1966|
|Unarco Mineral Wool||1957||1960|
|United States Gypsum Corrugated Wool Felt Covering|
What to Do if You've Been Exposed
If you worked with insulation materials that contained this toxic mineral, you may have been affected by the poisonous fibers. The first thing you should do is seek help from a medical professional, but you may also have legal recourse. Find out more by requesting our free brochure that discusses mesothelioma cancer and what to do if you have been exposed to asbestos.