A federal safety agency has created a training tool for workers who work with asbestos and found that the material is increasingly toxic.
A report released Tuesday found that asbestos is more toxic than any other known substance, and it has become a major concern for the health of workers in the health care industry, including the health insurance industry.
The asbestos awareness training tool was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was designed to provide workers with tools and resources to help them understand the hazards of asbestos exposure, the agency said in a statement.
The training tool is designed to help employees and managers who are working in asbestos-contaminated areas identify and respond to the hazards, it said.
Asbestos is one of the most dangerous types of toxic material known to the EPA.
Its composition can range from dust and fibers to silica, a mineral found in seawater.
The new asbestos awareness tool focuses on workers who have previously worked in areas that have been exposed to asbestos, such as mining, manufacturing, manufacturing sites, power plant or water treatment plants.
The EPA said the training tool will help workers better understand how asbestos fibers can stick to skin and cause serious health effects.
The agency is also looking for ways to educate workers about the dangers of asbestos and how to properly dispose of asbestos.