Insulators urge: ‘Unite for a Cure’ for mesothelioma

May 2, 2018

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 Article

Naturally Occurring Asbestos Found Near Boulder City, NV

March 26, 2018

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 and hear the television news story of February 15, 2018.

Quebec Asbestos Industry Lobbyists Seek Exemption for Mining Waste Uses

March 26, 2018

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 of government were in bed with and financed the asbestos lobby and allowed it to write Canada’s and Quebec’s laws on asbestos”.

Click here to read about industry’s proposed uses of the waste from asbestos mines.

Required Replacement of Respirator Cartridges

February 14, 2018

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

October 25, 2017

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 in this Associated Press article, featuring Dr. Michael Harbut and his patient,  exemplifies the dangers of narrowing the focus of EPA reviews associated with asbestos and other toxins already in use.

Click here to read the article and view the video.