Minnesota schools, like those in most other states, are gearing up for or have already begun a new school year. It is understandable that parents might have certain concerns as their children head back to their classrooms. Some kids are new students. Others might have learning disabilities or social issues that make their parents especially anxious. No parent, however, should have to worry that their child might become ill due to asbestos exposure at school.
Naturally occurring silicate minerals that can be woven into fabric exist in a product commonly referred to as asbestos. It may come as a surprise to some that asbestos products are still used today, even though they are known carcinogens. While there are stringent regulations regarding the use or removal of asbestos, many people are at great risk for injuries because of asbestos exposure. In fact, it appears to be a significant problem in many Minnesota schools, as well as schools located in other states.
If you work, attend school or live in Minnesota, you may, at times, be at risk for injuries without necessarily realizing it ahead of time. Especially in a working environment, as a paid employee, you rely on your employer to not only be aware of the risks associated with your duties but also to provide proper training, information and safety equipment to keep you as safe as possible on the job. When an injury risk involves asbestos exposure, it can often be too late by the time you learn about the danger.
Many young YouTube viewers in Minnesota and across the country are fans of JoJo Siwa, a rising star who is also known for her appearances on "Dance Moms," a popular reality TV show. Siwa is making news headlines this week but not for her television or online endeavors. A cosmetic makeup kit that bears her name has been recalled from Claire's stores and other shopping venues because of potential asbestos exposure.
The 2019 school year has not quite reached its end. However, more than 300 students and faculty members at a Montessori school in another state will be finishing out their year at a different location. Their school building has been shut down due to asbestos exposure concerns as well as other reported health risks. Employees and parents of students in Minnesota schools, in particular, schools where construction projects are ongoing, may want to follow this case.
There are currently many Minnesota residents who haven't been feeling well but are unsure of the underlying cause of their symptoms. Sadly, it is likely that some of them will learn that their symptoms have been caused by an illnesses they contracted in the workplace. Asbestos exposure is a danger many people face in this state and others as well.
Minnesota readers who use Johnson & Johnson talc products may want to review a case involving a woman who is dying from cancer. Her disease has reportedly been linked to asbestos exposure. J &J products have been blamed for her terminal illness and the company has been deemed liable for damages.
Minnesota parents often worry about their children's health and safety. Everyday life issues can place kids at risk for injury, such as falling while playing outdoors. There are often more serious, hidden risks present in children's lives as well. The Food and Drug Administration recently reported such a risk regarding popular cosmetic products that many teenagers and parents purchase from Claire's and Justice stores. The FDA says people who use certain products from these stores are at risk for asbestos exposure.
This blog has recently reported on several schools and universities in several states encountering problems related to asbestos. In each situation, parents and faculty have been greatly concerned that school officials did not act quickly enough to inform them of potential health risks associated with possible asbestos exposure. The topic has once again surfaced in a Montessori school in another state. Minnesota parents of school age children may want to closely follow these cases and also learn more about where to seek support if a similar problem occurs in their hometowns.
The microscopic asbestos fibers that are found in many building materials can be highly dangerous to human health. In fact, scientists say there is no known safe amount of asbestos exposure. This may be why many people who attend school and work at a university in the Midwest are worried about their own health and that of their loved ones. Minnesota residents who work or go to school in old buildings may want to follow this case.