Uncategorized

Canada Prohibits Asbestos & Asbestos Containing Products

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 →

Minorities and Lung Cancer Detection

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 →

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 →