Legislation and Laws
There has been extensive legislation on asbestos for many years. Since 1992 a very strict law has been in place that, throughout the national territory, prohibits the extraction, importation and exportation, marketing and production of asbestos or products containing it. Exposure to this substance is limited now only to workers employed in the removal of the same activities from still contaminated sites, and reclamation.
For such activities there are already clear standards of protection in place for workers, in particular information on the use of personal protective equipment and limited access to work areas. The asbestos personal protective equipment concerns clothing (respirator, hood, gloves, overshoes), the dual-filter masks (for fine dust) and masks to wear so you don’t breathe in the very fine asbestos dust.
However, even if the 1992 law prohibits the use, now it makes sense to speak of the same diseases as asbestos, and because there are still exposed subjects, which are the same staff to the removal and remediation (even if it is actually possible , taking appropriate precautions, get the risk to zero during these maneuvers), but above all, a real medical problem is given by the considerable latency period between exposure and the onset of the disease (which occurs in previously exposed).
For example, knowing that the asbestos lung cancer has a latency period of about 20-25 years, and that of the pleura (mesothelioma) of about 30, assuming that a person has begun to work in hazardous places in the 80, you They will see diseases asbestos until 2010-2015.