asbestos News

  • Are carbon nanotubes the `new asbestos`?

    The demand for carbon nanotubes is increasing because they have unusual properties, such as unique electrical properties. However, their needle-like shape is similar to asbestos, raising questions about their safety. A recent study conducted on mice indicates that a specific type of carbon nanotube does have asbestos-like effects, but further research is needed to assess whether this is also the ...

  • Senate backs banning asbestos

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted on Thursday to ban the import and use of asbestos, which is still used in some industries despite its link to cancer, a crush of lawsuits, and earlier attempts to ban it. The measure would prohibit the sale of asbestos products two years after it becomes law, and represents the first wide-scale effort to prohibit asbestos in nearly 20 years. 'Today ...

  • Mesothelioma and the hazards of asbestos exposure

    As a result of the recently declared Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos awareness has been on the rise. Considering the presence of asbestos-containing materials in older homes and buildings, and the fact that asbestos is not banned in the United States, public health officials advise citizens to educate themselves on the risks of ...


  • Many workers `asbestos ignorant`

    Tradespeople are putting themselves at risk of an incurable cancer because they don’t know enough about asbestos, says the British Lung Foundation. Asbestos causes a chest cancer called mesothelioma, which kills one person every five hours in the UK. Tradespeople such as builders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians and gas fitters are most at risk of getting this cruel disease. A survey carried ...


    By British Lung Foundation

  • Automotive industry impacted by asbestos

    A recent asbestos-related case in the United Kingdom has highlighted the risks associated with workers employed in the automotive industry. The latest case follows a similar suit involving Kelvin Parker, a former installer of insulation and suspended ceilings at the Longbridge site. Parker, 54, was initially diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2007. After passing away on November 19, 2008, his ...


  • Asbestos…still an issue

    On June 17 of last year the federal government declared a public health emergency in Libby, Montana. The reason for the declaration was the asbestos exposure and contamination caused by the asbestos mine that began operations in 1919 near the small town. The declaration assures that there will be cleanup funds and money available for medical screening and treatment for area residents. In February ...


  • Working safely with asbestos – update

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its Approved Code of Practice and guidance on working safely with asbestos. The change involves combining two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) into one. As such, ACOP L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and ACOP L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) are now both consolidated into the revised ACOP L143 (Managing and ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos: Risks and prevention

    Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Exposure occurs when the microscopic fibers that make up asbestos are either inhaled or ingested into the body. This typically happens after asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed and have released asbestos fibers into the air. In the past, some of the more common locations for asbestos ...


  • The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), Screening Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial

    Anti-asbestos campaigners have urged more criminal prosecutions against the global directors of asbestos corporations, following the recent conviction of European industrialists Stephen Schmidheiny and Baron Cartier de Marchienne in Italy. The call was made this weekend at a meeting of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The ADAO has organized a special ...

  • Asbestos Siding on Homes May Expose People to Dangerous Asbestos Fibers

    Many homes built between the 1930s and the 1970s were constructed using asbestos siding and shingles on the exterior of the property. Due to the material’s strength, durability and fire resistant properties it was a popular ingredient in both manmade shingles and siding products. Over time, these materials can become damaged and begin to degrade. When this occurs, cancer causing asbestos ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Leading Asbestos Laboratory Helps Building Owners & Tenants Battle Asbestos Dangers

    EMSL Analytical offers asbestos testing solutions to environmental professionals, the general public and property owners and managers to protect against airborne asbestos fibers. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 7th, 2010 It has been proven from countless scientific studies that breathing asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • HSE runs national asbestos campaign

    During October and November 2008 HSE in partnership with key stakeholders will be running a national campaign to target tradesmen who are still at risk from exposure to asbestos. The campaign will build on the success of the previous pilot campaign in the North West. The primary aim of the campaign is to raise awareness amongst tradesmen that they are more at risk than they think from asbestos. ...

  • Contractor fined for alleged asbestos violations

    Recently a contractor from Washington was fined tens of thousands of dollars by environmental regulators in Oregon for violating asbestos regulations during an abatement project. The contractor has appealed the fine according to reports from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).The Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants require contractors to ...


  • Mesothelioma and the prolonged effects of asbestos exposure

    Considering the recent trial concerning W.R. Grace & Company, the federal government and the citizens of the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby, Montana, the topic of asbestos-related disease has been receiving national attention in the media. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma ...

  • $70,000 donated to school for asbestos removal

    A school in Philadelphia recently received a large donation from three different organizations so they could continue their asbestos removal project. The school was granted $70,000 to be used towards the removal that was generated by the organizations over the past year. Asbestos Found in School Assumption BMV’s school was reportedly built in 1959 and is currently undergoing the ...


  • Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is known for its durability and fire-resistant properties. The substance has been used in a wide variety of building materials, including insulation products, siding, cements, flooring and roofing to name a few. When asbestos-containing materials become damaged or disturbed, toxic asbestos fibers can be released into the air. If these microscopic ...


  • Solve SEC and CERCLA asbestos liability

    At the same time forward-looking industry leaders are challenged by the uncertainties posed by the rising tide of state and federal environmental regulatory requirements, many utilities are engaged in rear guard actions, fighting the regulatory ghosts of industry practices discontinued decades ago. Until the latter part of the 20th century, the marriage of asbestos and the power industry seemed a ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • ABCOV® process cleanly destroys asbestos

    ABCOV® Process Cleanly Destroys Asbestos By William Mirick, Robert Dvorin and Tony Nocito A major breakthrough has occurred in asbestos disposal: a patented, non-thermal, chemical-physical, Federal Environmental Protection Agency approved process, capable of destroying all forms of asbestos on site, as it is being abated, known as the ABCOV® Method, is now commercially available. Developed over a ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Beware of asbestos hazards in popcorn ceilings

    Popcorn ceilings, also referred to as acoustic ceilings, are found in many homes across the country. From the late 1950s all the way until the early 1980s the ceiling style was popular. Today many property owners have been removing the outdated ceilings and replacing them with flat or textured ceilings to update the look and feel of the property.Not only is the process of removing popcorn ...


  • Maryland Toughens Penalties for Asbestos Violations

    Beginning on October 1st, contractors who violate asbestos remediation regulation in Maryland could be fined up to $25,000, five times the current maximum penalty.  Maryland’s new asbestos worker protection law adds even stronger penalties than the existing federal asbestos removal regulations.  Union leaders in the state have hailed the new regulations that came about following a ...

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