Houston, TX (PRWEB) February 03, 2012
Legislation in the state of Washington that will eliminate asbestos in brakes is a step in the right direction, said an attorney of Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. The leading national firm is committed to helping individuals harmed by toxic chemicals, including the carcinogen asbestos, attorney Robert Shuttlesworth said. The fibers are sometimes used in brake pads as well many other industrial and commercial products.
The Better Brakes Law is Washington’s attempt to protect its auto-mechanics and environment from exposure to asbestos and other toxins. Under the rule, brake pads and shoes produced after 2013 cannot contain asbestos. After 10 years, distributors must stop selling any remaining inventory of asbestos-containing brake parts.
“In the 1960’s and 70’s, information that asbestos was harmful became more public and regulations were made,” Shuttlesworth said. “Still, until all asbestos products are declared illegal, mesothelioma remains a threat for people in the United States.”
Mesothelioma, cancer of the lung’s lining, is caused by exposure to asbestos. Mechanics and other industrial workers are most at risk because they are most frequently in contact with asbestos materials, but anyone exposed to airborne fibers is susceptible. In brakes, fibers can become airborne when the friction surface is worn down or manipulated. The EPA currently recommends that mechanics treat every brake as if it contains asbestos.
“Men and women who work with these brakes have no way to tell which types are safe,” Shuttlesworth said. “Mesothelioma patients are often just people who were exposed to asbestos while working hard and following instructions.”
Shuttlesworth said he is always glad to hear about proactive legislation at the state level, but that the United States is overdue for a nation-wide asbestos ban, “the sooner the better.”
In the meantime, Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., works to win compensation for those who may already have developed mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos. The firm offers a free complimentary legal consultation to help families understand their legal rights. For assistance with this choice, individuals should call (888) 637-6236 or online at http://www.shraderlaw.com.
Shrader & Associates is a leading national law firm that specializes in representing individuals harmed by dangerous products and toxic chemicals. These dedicated professionals have extensive experience handling personal injury and product liability lawsuits.