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Information About Asbestos

As recently as the early 1970's, the mineral that is better known as asbestos was thought to be a prime material for use in a variety of construction based products and in industrial settings like aluminum plants. There were several reasons for this. First off, asbestos is an incredibly strong substance. When it is added to building materials and other heavy duty items, it helps to create goods that are very tough and durable. Next, it can hold up under most any type of weather condition. Even the coldest or hottest temperatures do not seem to have a negative effect on the mineral. Additionally, it can withstand water or fire, and was highly prized for its ability to help contain a fiery blaze. Many products that required fire retardant properties utilized asbestos as a key ingredient. Finally, it is an economical material because it is easy to find in large natural deposits.

Asbestos and Cement

Construction based goods such as cement highly benefited from the inclusion of asbestos. Similar to concrete, cement must be able to survive in nearly 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and should be built to last for decades. All throughout the early to mid 1900's, asbestos was added to the mixture of cement that was used all throughout America. It wasn't until the later 1970's that the mineral was officially banned.

The ban came as a result of the important discovery that asbestos contains dangerous toxins that made people very sick and sometimes proved fatal. Exposure to the mineral is often responsible for the development of Mesothelioma, a form of cancer for which there is no known cure. This, and other diseases, began to plague people who worked in factories where the hazardous material was used, and customers who purchased the products that contained it. There are different mesothelioma types including peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma. Because this type of cancer has a long latency period and symptoms are similar to other more common respiratory ailments, it is generally not diagnosed at an early stage, like stage 1, where treatment is more likely to result in remission. As a result, the number of survivors of mesothelioma is generally low.

An unmarred block of cement presents no danger, but when it is being mixed, while it is setting and anytime it is cracked or broken, microscopic bits of asbestos are released. They become airborne and are often breathed in by unsuspecting victims who may not find out until many years later that they have this poisonous material lodged within their respiratory system. This situation presented a great danger to the American public because cement was used in so many locations. People can still be exposed to asbestos if they come across broken chunks of cement that contain the hazardous mineral.

Manufacturers began to find alternate mixtures that did not include asbestos when the terrifying news was released. Sadly, some opted to ignore the threat and continued to use it without so much as alerting their employees of the danger they were facing. More and more people became sick, and thousands of lawsuits were filed by mesothelioma attorneys. Use of the mineral was finally officially banned by the government, and every company was forced to rid their products of any trace of asbestos.

Cement Products Containing Asbestos

The following partial list of cement products were known to contain asbestos:

Product Name Start Year End Year
3M Cement 1935 1986
A.P. Green Asbestos Cement 1948 1972
A.P. Green SK-7 Asbestos-containing Cement
A.P. Green SK-7 Cement 1953 1972
AC & S Armatemp Cement No. 10 1961 1972
AC & S Armatemp Cement No. 166
Armstrong 314 Acoustic Cement 1945 1953
Armstrong Nonpareil High Pressure Cement 1909 1932
Bondex Bondek Roof Cement
Bondex NPD All Purpose Joint Cement
Capco Pipe Asbestos Cement Pipe 1965 1993
Celotex Carey 7M Cement
Celotex Carey Asbestos Cement
Celotex Carey BTU Cement
Celotex Careytemp Cement
Celotex Vitricel Cement No. 10 1940 1969
Celotex Vitricel Cement No. 19 1940 1969
CertainTeed Asbestos Cement Sheets 1968 1976
CertainTeed Cold Process Cement 1940 1967
CertainTeed Sealing Cement 1930 1976
Combustion Engineering Buck Stay Cement A- 1360 1965 1966
Combustion Engineering SDK 50 Cement 1963 1966
Combustion Engineering Stic-Tite Cement
Combustion Engineering WeatherKote Protective Air-Check Cement 1963 1971
Crown Cork and Seal Mundet Asbestos Cement 1950 1963
Empire Ace Cement 1959
Empire Ace Stic-On Cement 1959
Fibreboard 127 Cement
Fibreboard Pabco Asbestos Cement 1941 1971
Flinkote Stik-Tab Cement 1950 1965
Flintkote Cement
Flintkote Fibrex Asbestos Cement
Flintkote GF-8 Floor Tile Cement 1940 1982
Flintkote Weld-On Cement
Foster Wheeler Quik-Set Fitting Cement 1967 1970
Harbison-Walker Chromepak G Asbestos Cement
Johns Manville 301 Cement
Johns Manville 85% Magnesia Cement 1902 1970
Johns Manville Thermobestos Cement 1950 1974
Kaiser Gypsum Plastic Gun Cement
Kelly-Moore Bedding Cement 1960 1970
M.H. Detrick Pyroscat Fireproofing Cement 1954 1964
Mobil Oil Armorcote Cement 1964 1973
Mobil Oil Dum-Dum Cement 1964 1973
Mobil Oil Dum-Dum Nail Hole 1964 1973
National Gypsum Gold Bond All-Purpose Joint Cement
National Gypsum Gold Bond Crown Coat Cement 1935 1976
Owens-Corning Fiberglass One Cote Cement
Plibrico Plisulate Asbestos Cement
Quigley Waterproof Cement 1959 1974
W.R. Grace Zonolite Cement 1944 1952

What to Do If You Were Exposed

If you or a loved has been affected by an item containing this poisonous material, you may be wondering what your rights and options are. We have put together an informative brochure for just that purpose. Request your free copy today.

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