According to the results of an official analysis carried out by the Government Accountability Office, warnings issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) were too slow.

The warnings in question related to the presence of asbestos and the related risks in automotive brakes. New warning material from the agency were deemed necessary as it was found that many people did not know that asbestos was used in old and replacement brakes.

However, the survey showed that the agencies took too long to release the materials, with OSHA taking more than five year and the EPA office taking around three years to release the important information. OSHA decided to delay the warnings so that it could look into the matter further in order to avoid alarm among the general public.

The GAO said that both agencies need to make changes so that information such as this is released more quickly to the public, particularly given that the agencies wanted to warn consumers about the risks and enable them to protect themselves against exposure to asbestos.

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