Federal Agencies and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Information

The pervasive nature of asbestos use, exposure, and now health maladies - like Mesothelioma - linked with asbestos exposure requires a widespread network of government resources.  Listed below are some of the most important federal agencies associated with dissemination of asbestos-related regulations, standards, and information.  For more information concerning asbestos removal or Mesothelioma, contact your local or state health department. 

The EPA and Mesothelioma

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with protecting human health and safeguarding the air, water, and land of the United States.  The EPA was created by President Richard Nixon in 1970, right about the time that asbestos-related health concerns began to surface. 

The EPA asbestos website provides a wide array of useful resources ranging from asbestos and its health effects to what to do if you think there might be asbestos in your home or school.  Also, you can find a listing of federal laws and regulations concerning asbestos as well as a library of other resources.

OSHA and Mesothelioma

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a branch of the Department of Labor and was created to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths by promulgating regulations and standards for workplace safety.  Like the EPA, the department was also created by President Nixon in 1970.

OSHA website has lot of useful information regarding asbestos-related safety regulations and standards in the workplace.  The information is broken down into three categories: construction, shipyard employment, and general industry standards.  Additionally, OSHA provides information concerning the link between Mesothelioma and hazardous workplaces, as well as information about training courses related to safe handling of asbestos. 

The NCI and Mesothelioma

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is responsible for directing federal funds towards cancer research, development, and training.  The NCI is one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The NCI was created by an act of Congress in 1937.

The NCI's primary asbestos-related focus is on the research and treatment of lung cancer, Mesothelioma and other asbestos-linked diseases.  The NCI website provides useful information about the physical nature of asbestos and why it so dangerous, as well as information on how to protect yourself from asbestos exposure and a list of useful federal resources.

NIOSH and Mesothelioma

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was created by the same act of Congress that created OSHA in 1970.  NIOSH's primary responsibility is to help assure safe and healthful working conditions by providing research, information, education, and training.  The NIOSH asbestos homepage has an assortment of journal publications and articles that provide information ranging from controlling asbestos exposure during brake drum service to reports on protecting workers' families from exposure to Mesothelioma risk factors.

ATSDR and Mesothelioma

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was created by Congress in 1980 to implement the health-related sections of laws that protect the public from hazardous wastes and environmental spills of hazardous substances.  The ATSDR website provides a good overview of how asbestos effects the environment and health of those exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos exposure.