Fred Carpenter, a nuclear weapons site worker, screened positive for lung cancer during the Worker Health Protection Program provided by Dr. Steven Markowitz and Dr. Claudia Henshke. Mr. Carpenter, Dr. Markowitz, and Dr. David Weissman, Director of the Respiratory Health Division, at NIOSH are interviewed for this podcast.
Last week, Canada announced legislation to ban the mining, import, sale and manufacture of asbestos by the end of the year (2018). Canadian Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations Unfortunately, on October 19, 2018 the provision of a $12 million grant to a Quebec company to reprocess asbestos mining waste was made public despite serious concerns of health… Read more →
“Between 2000 and 2016 the number of Canadians dying from mesothelioma increased from 292 deaths in 2000 to 510 in 2016 – an increase of 70 per cent”. Click here for the Right On Canada article.
U.S. flight attendants experience a higher risk of several forms of cancer, leading researchers to call for more study on how to minimize the occupational exposures and conditions they suspect are contributing to the disparity. Click here to learn more.
In screening for lung cancer with Low Dose CT scans (LDCT), a University of Illinois at Chicago study found that inner city minority based populations have a higher incidence of lung cancer than the majority white population studied in the National Lung Screening Trial. The Lung Cancer Screening Trial findings contributed to the current guidelines used in determining if a… Read more →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →