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  • EPA Finalizes Libby Amphibole Asbestos Health Assessment

    The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of its final Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) health assessment today for Libby Amphibole Asbestos (LAA). This assessment analyzes the potential cancer and non-cancer human health effects from inhalation exposure to LAA, and includes the final Toxicological Review of LAA. In addition, using the toxicity values as well as ...

  • 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 ...

  • New York City Renovation Projects and Required Asbestos Assessments

    Building owners in New York City that are contemplating renovation, alteration, or demolition activities are responsible for determining whether asbestos-containing materials are present in any areas that will be affected by the work. This means that anytime someone files for a permit with the Department of Building they are required to obtain an ACP5 form to show it is not an asbestos project. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Companies struggling with asbestos risk assessments, says legislation expert

    The risks associated with asbestos are still not given the time and severity that they warrant and facilities throughout the UK are still not following their legal responsibilities, according to specialists in environmental and H&S legislation Cedrec. The new style of asbestos controls, originally set under the Control of Asbestos Regulations SI 2006/2739, and tightened further through ...

  • 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

  • EPA finalizes Libby Amphibole Asbestos health assessment (Mont.)

    The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of its final Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) health assessment today for Libby Amphibole Asbestos (LAA). This assessment analyzes the potential cancer and non-cancer human health effects from inhalation exposure to LAA, and includes the final Toxicological Review of LAA. In addition, using the toxicity values as well as ...

  • EPA finalizes Human Health Risk Assessment for Libby Asbestos Superfund site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced release of the final human health risk assessment specific to the Libby Asbestos Superfund site. EPA completed its rigorous scientific review of toxicity values and a draft risk assessment in December 2014. Comments received during a public comment period for a proposed cleanup decision did not change the agency’s ultimate ...

  • Employees Exposed to Asbestos at Illinois Workplace

    A company in Kankakee, IL has been cited for five health violations concerning asbestos by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The violations were detected after receiving a complaint claiming hazards at the workplace. The total projected fine for the company is $59,400. One of the company’s major repeat violations was their failure to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Updated guidance on managing asbestos risks

    Updated guidance is now available to help those responsible for managing the risks from asbestos best protect those workers who may disturb it. 'Asbestos: The survey guide' is aimed at those who commission asbestos surveys, the surveyors who carry them out and those who use them such as architects and demolition or removal contractors. It replaces the MDHS 100 guidance and sets out the role of ...

  • Cedrec’s Gareth Billinghurst says companies are still struggling to deal with the requirements to carry out asbestos risk assessments

    As this year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week (April 1 – 7th) is marked by BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, specialists in environmental and H&S legislation Cedrec says the risks associated with asbestos are still not given the time and severity that they warrant and facilities throughout the UK are still not following their legal responsibilities. The new ...

  • Asbestos in Soil - new ASTM International standard

    A new ASTM International standard is focused exclusively on testing soil for asbestos. D7521, Test Method for Determination of Asbestos in Soil was developed by Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality. According to Alan Segrave, ...


    By ASTM International

  • Floridians Warned of Asbestos Hazards in Popcorn Ceilings

    Hundreds of thousands of homes, apartments and condominiums were built across Florida from the 1960s through the 1980s.  During this same time frame, a favorite ceiling texturing technique used by many builders is the now outdated look of popcorn ceilings.   Many of these older homes have been remodeled over the years and one of the favorite projects for homeowners to tackle is removing ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Is asbestos risk lurking in your supply chain?

    The HSE ‘Beware Asbestos’ campaign paints a bleak picture of the asbestos situation in the UK. Asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and can still be found in many unlikely places such as ceiling tiles, boilers, lofts, and guttering. If disturbed and inhaled, asbestos can cause a number of diseases – the most fatal of which are mesothelioma and ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • Companies fined after workers exposed to asbestos

    Two businesses and a company director have been fined after workers in Manchester were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres. The prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) comes just days before the launch of a national £1.2 million campaign to increase awareness about asbestos among tradespeople. Recon Packaging Ltd, of Stamford Square, Ashton-under-Lyne, pleaded guilty to ...

  • Mold, Asbestos and Lead Concerns in Foreclosed Properties

    The environmental and building consulting experts at EC2 provide environmental assessments for lenders and buyers of residential and commercial properties across Chicago and Northern Illinois.  A recent report from RealtyTrac showed that 154 out of 206 metropolitan areas with a population of at least 200,000 had an annual increase in foreclosure activity from January through June.  On ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Council fined after school caretaker exposed to asbestos

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning employers they must ensure all relevant employees are aware of the location of asbestos in the workplace after a school caretaker was exposed to hazardous dust. North Tyneside Council today pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002. It was fined £17,005 and ordered to pay £3,911 costs at North Tyneside ...

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure Risks in New York

    Last month, The Citizen published a report about an organization that runs a family and children’s center in Auburn, New York being fined thousands of dollars for improper asbestos removal.  The organization that runs the center was cited for three serious violations according to the article.   Asbestos-containing materials can still be found in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Chicago roofers exposed to dangerous asbestos hazards

    Employer names: Continental Contractors, Niles, Illinois and Local Roofing Inc., Gurnee, Illinois Citations received: Oct. 16, 2015 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ...

  • HSE `wake up call` for asbestos removal industry

    Asbestos-related disease accounts for over 3,500 deaths each year, creating what is the UK’s biggest single cause of work related deaths. Nationally approximately 600 of these deaths each year arise from work with asbestos in the construction industry and allied trades.  To help tackle this problem, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has called its eleventh special leadership summit to ask ...

  • Asbestos Find Halts Demolition Project in California Town

    Last month, an article in the Oakdale Leader discussed how demolition activities at an old city water tank had to be halted and eventually changed due to the discovery of asbestos on the inside of the tank. According to the article, the water tank was built in 1912 and initial tests on the outside of the tank did not indicate the presence of asbestos. Once demolition began, workers found a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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