The Biden-Harris Administration’s Bold Move to Ban Asbestos


March 29, 2024

The Biden-Harris Administration’s Bold Move to Ban Asbestos

The Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a groundbreaking decision on March 18, 2024, to prohibit ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos in the United States. 

This decisive action marks the first rule finalized under the enhanced framework of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) amendments of 2016, heralding a new era in the nation’s chemical safety and public health protection efforts.

A Historic Step Forward

Chrysotile asbestos, the only known form of asbestos currently utilized or imported into the U.S., has been linked to severe health risks, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and laryngeal cancer. 

The EPA’s ban aims to prevent more than 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S. attributed to asbestos exposure. This measure aligns with President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, underscoring a whole-of-government approach to ending cancer as we know it.

Comprehensive Coverage and Impact

The ban extends to various products containing chrysotile asbestos, including but not limited to:

  • Asbestos diaphragms
  • Sheet gaskets
  • Brake blocks
  • Aftermarket automotive brakes/linings
  • Other vehicle friction products
  • Other gaskets

This wide-ranging prohibition reflects the administration’s commitment to eliminating asbestos-related health risks and represents a significant victory for environmental and public health advocates. 

It is a testament to the government’s resolve to enforce stringent chemical safety standards and protect American families, workers, and communities from toxic substances.

The Path to a Safer Future

The EPA’s decisive action against chrysotile asbestos sends a clear message about the importance of safeguarding public health from hazardous chemicals. This ban is not only a milestone in chemical safety but also a model for future regulatory actions under the TSCA framework. 

It underscores the need for vigilant oversight, rigorous scientific evaluation, and proactive measures to address the risks posed by dangerous substances.

Health Science Associates: Your Partner in Compliance and Safety

At Health Science Associates, we understand the implications of this new regulation for businesses and organizations across various sectors. 

Our team of expert industrial hygienists and environmental health professionals is equipped to provide comprehensive asbestos assessment, monitoring, and compliance services. 

We are committed to helping our clients navigate these changes, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all.

  • Asbestos Assessment and Monitoring: Our specialized services include thorough assessments and monitoring to identify the presence of asbestos and evaluate the risk it poses to your operations.
  • Compliance and Risk Management: We offer expert guidance on compliance with the new regulations, helping you mitigate risks and implement best practices for asbestos management.
  • Education and Training: Our training programs are designed to educate your staff on asbestos awareness, handling, and safety protocols, empowering them to maintain a safe workplace.

Take Action Today

The ban on chrysotile asbestos underscores the critical importance of environmental health and safety in the modern world. Health Science Associates is here to support your organization in adapting to these changes and promoting a safer, healthier future. 

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in achieving compliance and excellence in environmental health and safety.
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