Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Washington Legislature Passes Asbestos-Labeling Bill

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Washington Legislature Passes Asbestos-Labeling Bill

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In March 2013 the Washington State Legislature passed a bill requiring that all asbestos-containing building materials sold in the state be clearly labeled. (5) Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and is currently banned in dozens of countries, although not the United States. (6) The fibrous material can be found in many building materials on the U.S. market, including cement siding, roofing materials, wallboard, spackle, and duct insulation. (7) The sponsors of the Washington bill hope the labeling will promote informed consumer decision making. If the bill is signed by Governor Jay Inslee, the labeling requirements would take effect 1 January 2014.

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