Workers uninformed regarding Smithsonian asbestos positive walls

Washington’s National Air and Space Museum workers in the dark about asbestos.

Washington, D.C. (–As reported by the Washington Post on Sunday, workers at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum located in the nation’s capital were not informed about the presence of asbestos in the museum’s walls until last year. According to a study by the Smithsonian in 1992, the joint compound used to seal wall seams nearly four decades ago contained asbestos causing museum workers to be exposed to the toxic air particles.

Unfortunately, for workers at the National Air and Space Museum, the information about the museum’s walls containing toxic asbestos fibers was not communicated to employees. Furthermore, protective gear for workers at the museum was not provided as required by federal law. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the wall sealant compound in 1978.

The asbestos laden compound was banned six years after the museum began construction. According to laborers familiar with wallboard constuction, once the walls are installed, workers must sand down the boarding. Construction sanding releases the asbestos fibers into the air, and workers breathing this toxic air are at an extremely high risk of contracting asbestos related illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. Museum workers claim they were uninformed of the dangers until about a year ago when museum administrators say they also found out about the asbestos walls.

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