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Insulators urge: ‘Unite for a Cure’ for mesothelioma

Battling the deadly scourge of mesothelioma and other occupational lung diseases, was the topic of a two-day symposium last month put on by the Heat and Frost Insulators International in Florida. While these diseases pose a grave risk to all constructions workers, the insulators and asbestos workers have the highest exposure rate and, unfortunately, the highest mortality rate.  Read Full… Read more →

Naturally Occurring Asbestos Found Near Boulder City, NV

Home development in the El Dorado Valley along Interstate-11 southeast of Las Vegas may be impacted by naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) discovered when a new section of I-11 was to be constructed.  State laws to protect citizens from the dangers of NOA are not stringent enough to protect against low levels of exposure which can cause disease.  Click here to… Read more →

Quebec Asbestos Industry Lobbyists Seek Exemption for Mining Waste Uses

In light of Canada closing the asbestos mines in Quebec, Kathleen Ruff of RightOnCanada writes: “A dramatic battle is unfolding between the the Canadian and the Quebec governments and the asbestos lobby. For decades the Canadian and the Quebec governments betrayed the people of Quebec by hiding the clear scientific evidence that all asbestos is harmful. For decades both levels… Read more →

Required Replacement of Respirator Cartridges

The Centers for Disease Control talks about the importance of knowing when you respirator cartridges have reached the end of their service life.  Click here to be aware of the the OSHA regulations you and your respiratory protection program administrator should always follow.

Trump Administration to Limit EPA’s Review of Asbestos Dangers

In an example of President Trump siding with industry, and potentially affecting the lives of home owners, construction workers and firefighters, the “EPA now says it will focus only on [reviewing] toxins still being manufactured and entering commerce. It won’t consider whether new handling and disposal rules are needed for “legacy,” or previously existing, materials” like asbestos.   The video embedded… Read more →

Asbestos Whistle-blower in Canada Persecuted by Gov’t

A British Columbia, Canada general contractor has been fighting a battle since 2009 that has put his company out of business and endangered his health.  “My crew and I unknowingly exposed ourselves and others to high concentrations of asbestos while removing and rebuilding plumbing valves that contained asbestos.”  Click here to read the article.

A New Approach to Determining Mesothelioma Risk

There may be a new dose-time-response relationship between occupational asbestos and pleural mesothelioma.  One recent, yet to be repeated, study suggests that asbestos workers with high doses of exposure during the first years and low doses thereafter were at higher risk of pleural mesothelioma than those who accumulated most of the doses later in their careers.  Click here to read… Read more →

CDC Study Sees Increase in Mesothelioma Deaths

Mesothelioma deaths were predicted to decline after 2005, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found an almost 5% increase from 1999 – 2015.  Most of this increase was in people over the age of 85, but the fact that mesothelioma still occurs in those younger than 55 suggests that occupational and environmental exposure continues despite OSHA and… Read more →

Mesothelioma Afflicts Cloth Doll Makers

An April 29, 2016 article notes an Italian study that has linked cloth doll production to mesothelioma, a previously unknown risk for developing this cancer.  Click here to read the news article.  Click here to read the abstract from the Italian study.