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  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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 risk and asbestos hazards prompt testing in Washington

    Due to the recent public health emergency declared in Libby, Montana, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun testing residential yards near a former W.R. Grace & Company insulation factory in Spokane, Washington. EPA work crews are testing for the presence of asbestos, a toxic mineral associated with the development of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Vermiculite Northwest, which ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • Dumped asbestos posed serious health risk

    Builder and roofer Mark Alexander Taylor has been found guilty of dumping asbestos sheeting in someone else’s skip and ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work for the community.      He was also ordered to pay £1,000 towards Environment Agency costs by a district judge sitting at a trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court today (Mon) where Taylor had denied the charge. The court ...

  • 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 ...

  • Global Asbestos Awareness Week Reminds Homeowners of Health Risks

    In February of this year, Senator Max Baucus introduced legislation which passed the Senate declaring the first week of April to be National Asbestos Awareness Week.  This coincides with the Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) that occurs on those same dates. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber mined from the Earth.  In the past it was regularly added to building products ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • Young tradespeople in the UK alerted to risk of asbestos – the silent killer

    Trainee apprentices from around the West Midlands received a stark warning from the Health and Safety Executive that, once exposed to asbestos fibres in their lungs, they could die a premature death from mesothelioma unless they take necessary precautions in the workplace. Mike Ford, HM Inspector of Health & Safety, delivered a hard-hitting message to 500 student plumbers, electricians, ...

  • 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

  • Mesothelioma researchers study the risk associated with environmental asbestos exposure

    Researchers out of Japan recently conducted a study to assess the risk of developing mesothelioma as a result of general environmental exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that has toxic effects in humans. Found naturally all over the world, asbestos was heavily mined and used in thousands of products throughout the 20th century. A number of industries, such as the construction, ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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.

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