Asbestos Compliance Articles

  • U.S. TSCA Reform Update: Recent Implementation Activities

    On June 22, 2016, the primary chemical control legislation in the United States, the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), underwent significant amendment. Enacted as the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, this TSCA Reform includes substantial new responsibility and authority for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for oversight of chemical safety in the ...


    By UL - The WERCS

  • 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.

  • How to avoid buying in supply chain risk

    In an article first published on the Supply Management blog, Altius Managing Director Gary Plant advises on six vital steps procurement managers can take to cut supplier risk. A survey of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) has revealed that supplier risk is a major concern. 45% of CPOs responding to the Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Data Survey conducted by Consero Group, named ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • 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

  • 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

  • Emergency remediation response case study

    Services Performed Emergency remediation response, oil and hazardous waste consulting and a mold/indoor air quality (IAQ) testing Summary Following the flooding of the Spicket River during the Spring 2006, EFI Global was engaged to evaluate a nursing home in Lawrence, MA. After the initial environmental evaluation, our team observed that the basement and ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Warren Buffett Trades Mesothelioma Death for Money

    It is not for the victims of asbestos diseases, but for the lawyer's self-interest that asbestos litigation occurs, and the self-interest of Mr. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway's group of Insurance companies that are responsible for asbestos liabilities. The asbestos litigation industry is a multibillion dollar industry that spends more on advertising than Coca-Cola. Asbestos litigation ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Honest Truths

    I have to be honest about my life, a life of sever Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). My father had it. I know, because I asked him why he only went to one month of high school, he said, I couldn’t study or sit still to read. ADHD is hereditary; some of my children have it. At age 30, not knowing what ADHD was or that I had it, I made up my mind that I was ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • OSHA announces proposed silica rule, lowering PEL, ending lengthy OMB review

    Federal efforts to protect workers from silica exposure entered a new phase Aug. 23 when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finally announced its proposal for regulating silica dust. OSHA's proposed rule would set a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air. The ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • The cheaper, safer and faster way to remove Asbestos is coming to the Netherlands

    When you think about asbestos removal, you may initially envision the experts dressed in full white suits, ready to take on the challenge of removing it safely. But when a company is in need of asbestos removal, the first thing they may think of is the heavy cost associated or length of time. Handling this issue is never a walk in the park for any company. However, cost and time burdens are about ...

  • Protecting reputation across your supply chain

    In the words of Benjamin Franklin:  "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it." Some of the key risks that can expose businesses to reputational damage are: health and safety, environmental performance, operational disruption and commercial problems. While many companies have these risks well controlled within their own business, there can be ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • Packaged Chemicals Pose Asbestos-type Health Risk

    Normal.dotm 0 0 1 260 1486 Activeion International Pty. Ltd. 12 2 ...


    By GenEon Australia

  • Enforcement Corner

    As EHS regulatory activity grows, enforcement activity correspondingly increases around the world. Here are just a few enforcement cases Enhesa has found in the past few months. On 16 May, Default Notices in Zambia were issued to holders of large scale Prospecting and Mining Licenses by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development. Holders who were given Default Notices were those that ...

  • How to avoid hearing the phrase “you should have known” in 2022

    On 4 June 2012 a silent revolution happened, and it went unnoticed by many of us. In Europe, the number of chemicals in use classified as carcinogens quadrupled. If you are a Corporate Director or Manager you should have concern regarding the implications of this in the long run, as it is one of the few issues that may find you on trial for willfully neglecting EHS regulations in the workplace. ...

  • How to Deal with Asbestos Exposure in your Workplace – Advice for Industrial Building Owners

    Building owners play one of the primary roles in preventing asbestos exposure at the workplace. When constructing a building – or leasing out an existing facility that contains asbestos – building owners can take several steps that ensure safety on the premesis. Only purchase asbestos-free building materials for ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • How to deal with asbestos exposure in your workplace: advice for industrial workers

    At one point, more than 75 different industries exposed workers to asbestos. Even though these industries have been made safer by regulations from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, many workers still come in contact with asbestos products that remain at their jobsites. Although most industrial employees face some form of asbestos exposure risks during their career, ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • 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

  • 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 , LLC

  • Asbestos Liability: How Does a Company CEO Provide Financial Assurance?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been sued by the environmental groups, Sierra Club, Great Basin Resource Watch, Amigos Bravos and Idaho Conservation League, to enforce Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), i.e., companies must prove financial assurance requirements for hazardous releases. In short, prove to EPA that they ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • 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

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