American Standard Inc. employees exposed to asbestos
Up until 1980, asbestos was a very common component in a various number of products, because of its properties of strength, heat, and water resistance and its very low cost. As a result, many manufacturers have chosen to use it, despite warnings of its toxicity as early as the 1920s. American Standard Inc., as well as its divisions, has manufactured asbestos products. All over the US, plant workers may have been exposed to asbestos fibers, by manufacturing boilers, radiators, HVAC systems, and brakes. All of these products incorporated asbestos either for insulation or for strengthening.
Asbestos fibers can get released into the air even by simply handling products containing it, more so if the process of manufacturing said products involves direct contact with it. These fibers can get trapped in the lungs and accumulate over time, creating an inflammation that can later lead to asbestos-related lung diseases. If you are a former employee of American Standard Inc. you need to keep a close eye on your health. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred at American Standard are factory workers, boilermakers, and maintenance workers. However, veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos products manufactured by American Standard, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy as the majority of ships were constructed using asbestos products. In addition to boilers, these were the most common asbestos products manufactured by American Standard during the last century.