Resources

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA is responsible for safety and health regulations in the workplace. The administration has developed rules concerning workplace asbestos exposure. The Mine Safety and Health Administration has also established additional laws. Employees should follow safety procedures and always use protective equipment on the job.

If you are concerned about asbestos exposure, talk with other your employer, other employees and your health and safety representative. OSHA can also come out to your workplace for an inspection. Regional offices of OSHA are listed in the "United States Government" section of a telephone directory’s blue pages (under "Department of Labor"). Regional offices can also be found at http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html.

If you would like to learn more about asbestos, the OSHA asbestos page provides information about asbestos exposure, its hazards and OSHA standards. Visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/index.html to learn more. OSHA’s national office can be contacted at:

Office of Public Affairs
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Address:
Room N–3649
200 Constitution Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20210
Telephone:
202-693-1999
1-800-321-6742 (1-800-321-OSHA)
TTY (for deaf or hard of hearing callers): 1-877-889-5627
Internet Web site: http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/index.html (workers’ page)

Mine Safety and Health Administration

U.S. Department of Labor
Address:
21st Floor
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone:
202-693-9400
1-800-746-1554
Internet Web site:
http://www.msha.gov
http://www.msha.gov/codeaphone/codeaphonenew.htm

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSHalso deals with occupational asbestos exposure. NIOSH evaluates work sites for possible health hazards; conducts asbestos-related research; and makes exposure control recommendations. In addition, NIOSH supplies publications on the harmful side effects of asbestos. NIOSH can be contacted at:

Education and Information Division
Information Resources Branch
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Address:
Robert A. Taft Laboratories
4676 Columbia Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Telephone: 1-800-356-4674 (1-800-35-NIOSH)
E-mail: eidtechinfo@cdc.gov
Internet Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh

Medicare

If you have an asbestos-induced disease, you may be able to receive Medicare. More information can be found at Medicare's Regional Offices in 10 prominent cities across the country. To locate an office, visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/RegionalOffices. Call 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE) or visit http://www.medicare.gov for more general information.

Those suffering from asbestos-related conditions as a result of workplace exposure may be eligible for financial assistance. Requirements vary by state, so workers should contact their state's workers' compensation board. Search http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/owcp/wc.htm for contact information of your state's workers' compensation officials.

If you were exposed during your job with a federal agency, compensation may be covered by the Federal Employees' Compensation Program. This allows benefits to civilian employees for workplace related illnesses and injuries. Benefits may include payment for medical bills, wage replacement and rehabilitation assistance if needed. If the worker passes away, his or her dependents may receive benefits.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Program

This organization also offers benefits to maritime workers, harbor workers and longshoremen. More information is available from:

Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
Employment Standards Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Address:
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20210
Telephone:
1-866-692-7487 (1-866-OWCPIVR)
202-693-0040
(Federal Employees’ Compensation Program)
202-693-0038
(Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Program)
E-mail: OWCP-Public@dol.gov
Internet Web site: http://www.dol.gov/esa/owcp_org.htm

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Veterans should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to see if they are eligible for health care. Call 1-877-222-8387 (1-877-222-VETS) or visit http://www1.va.gov/health for more information about benefits.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The ATSDR evaluates the side effects of harmful substances. The ATSDR offers asbestos information and how to find environmental and occupational health clinics. The ATSDR can be contacted at:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Address:
1825 Century Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30345
Telephone: 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
TTY: 1-888-232-6348
E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Internet Web site: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA controls asbestos exposure in the environment, tap water and buildings.The EPA offers a Toxic Substances Control Act Hotline and an Asbestos Ombudsman. The hotline offers technical assistance and information regarding certain asbestos programs. The Asbestos Ombudsman focuses on schools and deals with complaints and inquiries. The hotline and ombudsman can offer various publications on controlling asbestos. Visit http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/regioncontact.html for a list of asbestos contacts. For more information on asbestos, visit http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/. Questions may be directed to:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA West Building
National Program Chemicals Division
Address:
Mail Code 7404T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20460
TSCA Hotline: 202-554-1404
TTY: 202-554-0551
Asbestos Ombudsman: 1-800-368-5888
E-mail: tsca-hotline@epa.gov
Internet Web site: http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/

To read the brochure "Current Best Practices for Preventing Asbestos Exposure Among Brake and Clutch Repair Workers", visit http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/brakesbrochure.html

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shields the public from the unnecessary risk of injury or death from thousands of consumer products, including asbestos. The CPSC has a toll-free hotline where people can get product safety information and report dangerous products. The CPSC also offers guidelines for removing asbestos. CPSC can be contacted at:

Office of Information and Public Affairs
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Address:
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
Telephone: 1-800-638-2772
TTY: 1-800-638-8270
E-mail: info@cpsc.gov
Internet Web site: http://www.cpsc.gov

Individuals can also contact their local or state health department with questions or concerns about asbestos.

For more information about cancer, call the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Information Service (CIS) at 1-800-4CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or visit http://www.cancer.gov. For information about quitting smoking, including smoking cessation counseling, call the NCI’s Smoking Quitline toll-free at 1-800-44UQUIT (1-800-448-7848) or visit http://www.smokefree.gov.

Centers for the Treatment of Mesothelioma Cancer

Arizona Cancer Center
1515 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85724
Patient Information: (800) 622-COPE or (520) 626-6044
http://www.azcc.arizona.edu

Karmanos Cancer Institute
4100 John R,
Detroit, Michigan 48201 (800) KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266)
Questions and Comments: info@karmanos.org
http://www.karmanos.org

Beaumont Hospital Rose Cancer Center
3577 W. 13 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI, 48073 Phone: (248) 551-8588
http://www.beaumonthospitals.com/

Brigham & Womans Hospital's
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115 USA
(617) 732-5500 (617) 732-6458 TTY/TTD
http://www.brighamandwomens.org

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
University of South Florida
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, Florida 33612 Patient Information: (888) MOFFITT or (888) 663-3488 http://www.moffitt.usf.edu

Johns Hopkins Hospital
401 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231 410-502-1033
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org

Josephine Ford Cancer Center Downriver
19675 Allen Rd.
Brownstown, MI 48183
Phone: 1-800-HENRYFORD (436-7936)
http://www.henryford.com

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
200 First Street,
SW Rochester, Minnesota 55905
Patient Information: (507) 284-2111
http://www.mayoclinic.org/cancercenter

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030
Patient Information: (800) 392-1611 or (713) 792-6161
http://www.mdanderson.org

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, New York 10021
Patient Information: (800) 525-2225 or (212) 639-2000
http://www.mskcc.org

The Mount Sinai Medical Center
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574
Patient Information: (212) 241-6500
http://www.mountsinai.org