asbestos exposure News

  • 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 ...


  • Mesothelioma and the multiple dangers of asbestos exposure

    While it is common knowledge that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, much of the public is unaware that exposure to asbestos can also cause lung cancer. It has been proven that those who have been exposed to asbestos and continue to smoke cigarettes, the risk of developing lung cancer is increased by as much as 90 times. These individuals are also at a greater risk of ...

  • 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 ...

  • Mesothelioma death caused by secondhand asbestos exposure

    The husband of a woman who passed away from mesothelioma, a rare asbestos-related cancer, is warning others of the dangers of asbestos exposure. Trevor Ryder, a 65-year-old man from Welwyn Garden City, England, said his wife Maureen was exposed to asbestos as a result of his employment with Norton Abrasives, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of abrasives for technical manufacturing ...


  • Mesothelioma risk: shipyards present asbestos exposure hazards

    Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer primarily caused by asbestos exposure. Thousands of shipyard employees have either passed away or have been diagnosed with the disease and more are expected as the incidence of mesothelioma is not predicted to peak until 2020. Asbestos was heavily utilized throughout the shipyard industry for its insulating and fireproofing capabilities. Because of these ...

  • Mesothelioma and other illnesses caused by asbestos exposure

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known for its durability and fire-resistant properties, as well as its toxic effects on humans and animals. 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 are ...

  • Protecting Workers’ Families from Secondhand Asbestos Exposure

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 125 million people are exposed to asbestos in the workplace. WHO estimates that 107,000 die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures and that one in three deaths from occupational cancer is caused by asbestos.   Workers are not ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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

  • Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses asbestos and secondhand exposure risks for workers’ families.  “Significant exposure to any type of asbestos will increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis,” ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Shipyards, asbestos exposure and the connection to Mesothelioma cancer

    From the World War II era to the early 1980s, shipyards were a place where exposure to asbestos was prevalent. Whether ships were being constructed, repaired or overhauled, such work would routinely cause asbestos fibers to become airborne where they could be inhaled. Many materials used on ships contained asbestos because of its ability to withstand high temperatures and fire. In addition to ...

  • EPA awards $150,000 to reduce asbestos exposure in Louisiana (LA)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $150,000 to Louisiana to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools and state buildings. The project will encompass compliance monitoring, compliance assistance and public outreach. The project is covered under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The program provides protection through on-site surveillance where asbestos is ...

  • Mesothelioma patient wants Indiana Asbestos Exposure Law amended

    An Indiana woman diagnosed with mesothelioma spoke in front of a legislative committee October 1, 2009, emphasizing the importance of amending an Indiana law that would allow additional time for workers exposed to asbestos to file a lawsuit against those who caused their exposure. Dorothy Kuykendall, 76, and others are working to change the law that currently give those exposed to asbestos 10 ...


  • Mesothelioma-causing asbestos exposure results in US$130m to help affected residents

    After declaring a public health emergency for the town of Libby, Montana in June of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are planning on spending more than $130 million on cleanup efforts and improving the health care system in the area. To date, approximately 400 Libby residents have passed away from asbestos-related diseases ...


  • EPA Awards Louisiana $137,000 to Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Schools

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $137,000 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Federal regulations require public and private schools ...

  • Texas VA Hospital Investigated for Failure to Protect Workers from Exposure to Asbestos

    Last month the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Congress detailing what was found after a whistleblower claimed asbestos violations at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital.  The hospital, located in San Antonio, was the center of an investigation conducted by a Medical Inspector from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that began in ...

  • Asbestos Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease

    As a health risk, asbestos is most commonly linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, as well as a handful of other respiratory issues. However, a recent study published by Britain’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has also linked asbestos exposure to an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease due to its inflammatory properties. The study included ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA awards over $200,000 to the Oklahoma department of labor to reduce exposure to asbestos

    A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will assist in reducing asbestos exposure in schools and state buildings in Oklahoma. The grant for $234,713, given to the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL), will be used for inspections and encouraging compliance with the Asbestos in Schools Program which is designed to protect the health of school children and other occupants as well as ...

  • Naturally Occurring Asbestos & Exposure Risks Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production provides information about naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) and ways to minimize exposure risks. “Naturally occurring asbestos refers to the mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks as opposed to asbestos found in commercial ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Risks for Families of Some Workers in Puerto Rico

    Due to the unique properties found in asbestos, it was used for decades in thousands of commercial products and building materials. While asbestos-containing materials may have many beneficial attributes, they can also release fibers into the air when they are disturbed and as they age and become friable. Asbestos fibers cannot be seen with the naked eye so ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • EPA Grant Helps Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Texas Schools

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $124,741 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Federal regulations require public and private schools to ...

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