Asbestos is a mineral commonly used in many commercial and industrial product given its durability and resistance to fire. Though asbestos may be a strong material and mostly preferred over comparable product, it can be hazardous to the health of those exposed to it. Asbestos can cause several health risks, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and other pleural diseases.
Due to its health hazards, the use of asbestos is now being regulated in order to minimize its effects on occupants. Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency is offering a financial grant that will help regulate asbestos use, especially in schools. A $204,000grant was awarded to Oklahoma by the agency to reduce the use of asbestos in local schools.
Last Tuesday, the Oklahoma Department of Labor received the grant offered by the federal agency. The Oklahoma Department of Labor will use the grant through proper compliance of the program, which includes monitoring and assistance. The department will also use the grant to train employees about the program, conduct inspections and create public outreach and enforcement actions.
According to the US Environment Protection Agency, regulations are implemented to require both private and public schools on proper inspection of their properties and facilities and implement ways to reduce asbestos in the school environment.
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