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  • Old Shingles May Contain Asbestos and Pose Health and Safety Issues

    A do-it-yourself project that some property owners take on is replacing or fixing old and worn out shingles. What many people may not realize is that asbestos was used in some shingles that can still be found on older buildings and improperly removing them may pose health concerns. Just this month, the Bluffton Icon published a report about work coming to a halt on the town ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • HSE prosecutes English companies following multiple breaches of asbestos safety laws

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a stark warning about managing the risks from asbestos, following its prosecution of a two companies in Essex, after workers in their employment were exposed to asbestos containing materials. R Maskell Ltd of Loughton, Essex was fined £150,000 with costs of £30,000 at Ipswich Crown Court today (6th August). The company pleaded guilty to Section 2.1 ...

  • UK Health & Safety Executive calls for improvements from 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 ...

  • Statement from Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Opposing Senate “Chemical Safety” Bill which Lets Asbestos off the Hook

    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, today issued this statement from ADAO President and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein, in opposition to the legislation introduced today by U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) inappropriately named the “Chemical Safety for the 21st ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • APHA asks Congress to ban asbestos

    The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently voiced its concern on asbestos and asked Congress to pass legislation that would ultimately place a complete ban on the manufacture, sale, export and import of asbestos-containing products in the United States. Celeste Monforton, Chair of APHA’s Occupational Health and Safety section, said, “With this new policy, APHA is joining the World ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • Asbestos Still Impacting Chicago and Illinois

    The environmental and building science consultants from EC2 provide asbestos air and bulk sampling to ensure building occupants are not being exposed to deadly asbestos fibers.   Illinois, and in particular the Chicago area, has traditionally been one of the manufacturing centers for the United States.  The area became a major railhead, port and steel mill center.  With industry, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Monitoring the asbestos threat in UK schools

    In autumn 2006, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified that there was the potential for asbestos fibres to be released in particular circumstances in CLASP (system built) schools. HSE therefore,took immediate and positive action, advising all relevant dutyholders to visually check their CLASP (system built) school buildings and, where necessary, to seal gaps in column casings using ...

  • Fire Debris May Spread Asbestos

    If a fire occurs in a building constructed between 1935 and 1970 near your home, you may want to avoid spending time outside in your yard and call an asbestos remediation professional immediately. The deadly asbestos fibers, which may have been released by the fire, can spread in the air and settle on nearby properties, putting you and your neighbors at risk. A recent incident in Scotland ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Asbestos deaths still rising in trades

    It kills 20 tradesmen a week and more than 4,000 people a year - more than the number of deaths from road accidents - but many workers are still unaware of the dangers of asbestos. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a nationwide campaign highlighting the risks faced by tradesmen in a bid to cut the rising number of deaths from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. The ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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.

  • Asbestos Discovered in Cars Manufactured in China

    The Brisbrane Times reports that nearly 25,000 cars, manufactured in China and exported to Australia, are expected to be recalled after some of their parts were found to be contaminated with asbestos. The asbestos was detected in the car’s engines and exhaust gaskets. Ateco Automotive, the company that imported the affected vehicles, has reportedly known about the issue for months. They are ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Health & Safety Consulting

    Hygieneering, Inc. is providing confined space monitoring and safety/industrial hygiene consulting services to support a large US utility company’s ongoing construction safety needs. Gas and oxygen levels will be measured before construction workers access the space. Hygieneering provides safety consulting, environmental consulting, testing and training, asbestos project management, ...


    By Hygieneering, Inc.

  • Health & Safety Training

    Hygieneering Inc. recently hosted a 24 Hour Hazardous Waste Technician Training Course for several chemical and gas company workers.   The course was held at Hygieneering’s Health and Safety Training Center during the week of January 31, 2011.  Hygieneering provides safety consulting, environmental consulting, testing and training, asbestos project management, emergency ...


    By Hygieneering, Inc.

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