asbestosis Articles

  • Congress makes progress removing asbestos from the environment

    The financial burden borne by the taxpayer due to asbestos containing materials (ACM) that have been installed throughout the 20th century in American factories, power generating plants, schools, homes and military ships and bases, constitute one of the largest environmental and health challenges facing our country today and in the future. It is estimated that 100,000 individuals die each year ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Asbestos is still with us: repeat call for a universal ban

    All forms of asbestos are proven human carcinogens. All forms of asbestos cause malignant mesothelioma and lung, laryngeal and ovarian cancers, and may cause gastrointestinal and other cancers. No exposure to asbestos is without risk. Nonetheless, a large number of countries still use, import and export asbestos and asbestos-containing products. And in many countries that have banned other forms ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Asbestos Diseases

    What happens when we breathe? When we take a deep breath, the air goes down the wind-pipe (or trachea) into the middle of the chest. There the trachea divides into two, then four, then eight - ...

  • Case Notes: Liability to `fear-of-disease’ victims for negligent exposure to asbestos – the position of the `worried well’ under Irish law

    FACTS AND PROCEDURES The Irish Supreme Court has recently had to decide on the availability of damages in negligence for nervous anxiety suffered by a plaintiff as a result of negligent exposure to asbestos during the course of his employment and his irrational fear of contracting mesothelioma in the future.1 The plaintiff, who worked as a general operative in Leinster House, the seat of the ...


  • Surface Decontamination of Asbestos by DeconGel 1101

    Abstract Determine the surface decontamination efficacy of DeconGelTM 1101 on linoleum tile, painted drywall and concrete surfaces contaminated with Asbestos fibers (Chrysotile fibers) was performed with Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM; ASTM Standard Test Method: D6480- 05) and Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM; EPA approved method for analysis of asbestos from bulk samples). ...


    By METIS Scientific

  • Protecting Workers From Asbestos

    However, repair, renovation, and demolition operations often generate airborne asbestos, a mineral fiber that can cause chronic lung disease or cancer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed regulations designed to protect cleanup workers from asbestos hazards. OSHA’s Standards for Asbestos The work of flood cleanup personnel involves the repair, renovation, ...

  • Forgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers

    Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind. In Roro Village and nearby settlements, people who never worked in the mines are dying of lung disease. ...


    By Associated Press

  • A Court Battle Over Silicosis Shines A Harsh Light On Mass Medical Screeners —The Same People Whose Diagnoses Have Cost Asbestos Defendents Billions

    Severe silicosis is a ghastly disease.  Caused by prolonged inhalation of tiny sand particles, it slowly scars and contracts the lungs until the victim suffocates. A sandblaster who comes down with an acute case may need a lung transplant before he's 40.  Severe asbestosis, which is caused by ~ inhaling minute, spearlike asbestos fibers, is just as bad. It has nearly identical symptoms, ...

  • Identifying Naturally Occurring Asbestos Hazards at Worksites

    Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals that occur naturally in the environment. These minerals can be found in soil and rock formations in many regions of the Western United States. The term naturally occurring asbestos, or NOA, refers to the mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks as opposed to asbestos in commercial products, mining or ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Asbestos Awareness: Preventing a Hazardous Workplace

    Many on-the-job hazards are obvious... leaking machinery... dangerous chemicals... slippery floors. However, other hazards aren't so obvious. There may be no visible signals that they are present at all. That's why Asbestos is often known as 'the silent killer.' While you often can't see, taste or smell it..., prolonged periods of exposure to Asbestos can cause lung disease, cancer... even death. ...


  • New CDM Regs: Be careful for what you wish for, advises expert

    New CDM Regulations came into force this month (April 6) to tackle among other matters the unacceptably high number of people suffering from workplace dust and emission ailments (more than 13,000 says the HSE)* but they also signal an end to CDM co-ordinators. So, what now for building site safety? asks Gareth Billinghurst, director and senior auditor at online safety legislation experts Cedrec. ...

  • EnviroVantage-experts in asbestos abatement

    Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals with long, thin fibrous crystals. It was sometimes referred to as the 'miracle mineral' because of its beneficial properties such as insulation and fire protection. In the U.S., chrysotile has been the type of asbestos used most commonly. Its long fibers are often found in a wide variety of materials such as vinyl floor tiles, mastic, sheetrock, ...


    By EnviroVantage

  • Guide to asbestos in the workplace

    Asbestos is a well-known hazard in many workplaces - whether the asbestos is part of the work itself, or whether it is simply in components of the building or site where work is being performed. Employers are bound by regulations of both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that serve to protect employees from asbestos exposure ...


  • Dealing with Indoor Air Quality Issues

     According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) journal, the average American spends about ninety percent of their time indoors. This is why the chances are overwhelming that most of the air you breathe either has entered via your building's ventilation system... or filtered in through doors, windows, or porous wall materials. Along the way, the air might have picked up any number ...


  • The Asbestos Debacle

    Society and industry are diligently working to find better solutions through waste reduction, recycling and reuse, but what is the plan for hazardous materials, such as asbestos, in buildings and property? Known as the miracle mineral, asbestos was used for its resiliency against chemical attack and its excellent tensile strength and superior fire-proofing characteristics. The material was used ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Asbestos: A final chapter?

    In mid-June, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith Fitzgerald of the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh is scheduled to convene her court and hold confirmation hearings on a complex, $1 billion reorganization plan for Federal-Mogul Corp., the ...

  • Asbestos in cigarettes

    The original version of the Kent Micronite cigarette filter used crocidolite, a form of asbestos, from 1952 until at least mid-1956. Cigarettes from intact, unopened packs of the brand from this period were examined. One filter contained approximately 10 mg of crocidolite. Crocidolite structures were found in the mainstream smoke from the first two puffs of each cigarette smoked. At the observed ...


    By Queensland Laboratory

  • Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

    The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. The industry's wonder product, though, is one whose very name evokes the opposite: asbestos. A largely outlawed scourge to the developed world, it is still going strong ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tiny materials in countless products raise big questions for environment and health

    Nanotechnology opens a universe of possibilities — but also creates a world of unknowns. In recent years, efforts to develop the Next Big Thing — whether in medicine, computer technology, pollution prevention or high-performance materials — have turned to some really, really small things: nanomaterials. Working at the ...


    By Ensia

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