A number of companies like National Gypsum mixed many of their plaster wallboard products with asbestos during the period from World War II to the mid 1970s. The mineral was easily affordable and easy to get and among its physical characteristics was its resistance to fire and heat.
When the dangers of this toxic mineral were revealed, these companies stopped making them. But by then the people living in the homes with Gold Bond plaster, those working in buildings where the plaster was used, the construction workers who applied the plaster, the families of the construction workers, and countless others had already been exposed to the hazardous asbestos fibers.
The exposure to the asbestos in Gold Bond Plaster often occurs when the plaster begins to deteriorate with time or when renovations are done. When the old plaster is broken, the dust and fibers get into the air and the people nearby can breathe it in or swallow it. Once these particles get into the body diseases lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma can develop.