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  • Illinois Nursing Home Fails to Follow Asbestos Removal Requirements

    Last month, the Pekin Daily Times reported about a local nursing home that is under investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  The Illinois nursing center failed to follow state requirements to check for asbestos before removing old floor tiles from the facility following a water leak that damaged the area.  The floor tiles did contain asbestos and the health department ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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 ...

  • $30.3 million Mesothelioma verdict upheld by New Jersey Court

    The largest mesothelioma verdict in the state of New Jersey was upheld in an appeal on April 5, 2010. The suit was brought by Susan Buttitta on behalf of her husband, Mark, a 50-year-old advertising executive who passed away from mesothelioma in 2002. In February 2008 a Bergen County court awarded Buttitta $8 million for pain and suffering, $2 million for loss of consortium, more than $9 million ...

  • 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 ...

  • Children Mistake Asbestos for Sidewalk Chalk

    Young children found pieces of what appeared to be sidewalk chalk outside a former high school in Niagara Falls, NY and began drawing with the substance outside the building. Only later did their parents discover that the children were actually playing with asbestos, the dangerous, carcinogenic mineral.   Vandals broke into the old high school to steal pipes and left the asbestos insulation ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Work-Related Respiratory Diseases can be Prevented

    EMSL Analytical provides air testing services to protect workers in the manufacturing sector from respiratory illness. Cinnaminson, NJ, June 8th, 2010 Silicosis, asbestosis, byssinosis and chronic beryllium disease are some of the respiratory diseases caused almost exclusively by workplace exposures.  Recently the National Institute for Occupational Health ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Illinois Company Receives $127K Asbestos Fine

    Earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune published a report about an Oak Brook company that federal safety regulators intend to levy a $127,600 fine against for 22 serious health violations.  The infractions occurred at one of the company sites located in Franklin Park.   The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) became involved ...


    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

  • Safe maintenance goes to top of the agenda in European week

    Safe maintenance will be the focus of this year’s European Week for Safety and Health at Work which starts on Monday as hundreds of conferences, exhibitions, and training sessions - organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its partners - are held in more than 30 countries across Europe. EU-OSHA’s Director Dr. Jukka Takala said with up to 20% of ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • $1.27 million sole-source contract will employ ABCOV method

    A-Conversion, LLC, a privately-held New York firm, was given a Department of Defense contract to construct a transportable, modular, asbestos conversion system for field deployment at its installations using the ABCOV Method to destroy its asbestos. The sole-source $1.27 million contract, awarded by the Pentagon’s Contracting Command of Excellence, will employ the patented ABCOV Method, a ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • EPA issues order on asbestos cleanup at the arsenal business center in Philadelphia

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an administrative compliance order on March 31, 2011 to the owner (Arsenal Associates) and the property management company (Hankin Management, Inc.), of the Arsenal Business Center (formerly known as the Frankford Arsenal), located at 2275 Bridge Street, Philadelphia, Pa. EPA’s order, which becomes effective on April 6, 2011, addresses alleged ...

  • Scrapping ships - is the EU dumping toxic waste?

    Hundreds of rusting old ships registered in the European Union end up being dismantled on beaches on the Indian sub-continent - with Bangladesh being a key destination. There, workers brave oil, asbestos, chemicals and heavy metals as they dismantle the ships by hand. A report to be debated by MEPs Tuesday night in Strasbourg will call for EU-registered ships to be pre-cleaned of hazardous waste ...


    By European Parliament

  • Former Winchester, Idaho hotel owner settles with EPA for asbestos demolition violations

    BBA Winchester LLC, the owner of a former hotel located in Winchester, Idaho has settled with EPA and agreed to pay a $21,000 fine for asbestos safety and environmental violations from improper demolition of the hotel. “This is an unfortunate example that when asbestos is not properly removed before demolition, the entire debris pile becomes contaminated, putting people at risk, and greatly ...

  • Workers in Some Industries Could Expose Family Members to Asbestos

    Several years ago, an Oakland, California jury awarded over $27 million in compensation to an elderly couple. A lawsuit had been filed because the wife of a man who worked with asbestos insulation years before developed mesothelioma. The couple claimed her condition was due to her husband exposing her to asbestos fibers he inadvertently brought into their home. This type of exposure to family ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Puerto Rico and Identifying Airborne Carcinogens

    Lung Cancer Awareness Month takes place each year during November.  The designation is meant to raise awareness of this deadly disease that takes the lives of so many residents of Puerto Rica each year. As of 2014, the most recent year that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lung cancer figures, more than 215,000 people nationwide were diagnosed with lung cancer. That ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Outraged that Seven Countries Prevented the Inclusion of Chrysotile Asbestos in the UN Rotterdam Convention List of Hazardous Substances

    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community as the leading U.S. organization serving as the voice of asbestos ...

  • 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.

  • Due to Asbestos Contamination, National Park Closes 30 Acres of Coastline

    The Republic reports that authorities have closed 30 acres of land on Horn Island, located in Mississippi, until further notice while asbestos contamination is removed. The asbestos was detected on tiles at a former biological testing site utilized by the U.S. Army. Today, the park is a popular recreational destination that has been reserved for the protection of natural and historical ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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