As the hazards of exposure to asbestos have been discovered and studied, trade unions have offered support to those persons affected by asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a particularly rare yet severe and aggressive form of cancer that is often fatal. These unions are paramount in offering and obtaining emotional and financial provisions for workers who were exposed to asbestos at their various places of employment.

Cover Up of Asbestos

Annual reports from the Chief Inspector of Factories, U.K. noted the “injurious effects” of asbestos particles dating as far back as 1898. Since these initial discoveries, companies in the United States and abroad continued to use asbestos during their day-to-day production. Executives at these companies were largely responsible for concealing the fact that their employees were becoming sick and dying from asbestos related cancers such as mesothelioma. Other asbestos related diseases, such as asbestosis and lung cancer, arose as well.

Legislation Regarding Asbestos

Between 40 and 50 years ago, the majority of unions were unsuccessful when it came to fighting against occupational health issues related to asbestos exposure. Currently, some of the largest, most powerful, and successful labor and trade unions are participating in the battle against issues relating to asbestos. This is largely due to the fact that significant research has been done which demonstrates the adverse affects of asbestos, including the diseases that can result from its exposure. The primary goal of these fights consists of trying to achieve fair compensation for those individuals who have become sick or have died from diseases relating to asbestos exposure such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Treatments for Mesothelioma

Unions have also been useful in compiling information regarding proper treatment facilities and options for asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma cancer. These unions are also functional components in providing individuals and their families with information regarding suitable doctors and specialists across various regions of the country. This ensures that patients will be able to find appropriate treatments for their particular asbestos-related diagnosis.

Employees at Risk of Asbestos-Related Diseases

Due to the fact that asbestos was commonly used in the United States for hundreds of years, especially between 1900 and 1975, many millions of people have been employed in a workplace where asbestos was present. Because of this, these workers were put at risk and will forever remain at an elevated level of developing diseases relating to asbestos such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.


  • Castleman, Barry I. (2011). Asbestos medical and legal aspects 5th edition. New York: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business.