ADAO provides a voice for workers at ‘OSHA Listens’ hearing

15 Mar 2010 by under News

, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel discussion as part of an Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) public meeting. The event, held March 4 and called “” was designed to solicit comments and suggestions from OSHA stakeholders on key issues facing the agency. As a representative of ADAO, Ms. Reinstein was able to address OSHA leaders about the urgency and importance of a complete ban on asbestos. The meeting was held in Washington, D.C.

The program was designed to help OSHA learn about key areas that will enhance and encourage the efforts of employers, workers and unions to identify and address workplace hazards. The agency asked for feedback about emerging unaddressed health and safety issues, how to improve efforts to engage stakeholder in program and initiatives, and for help in identifying priorities.

Ms. Reinstein, who lost her husband Alan to mesothelioma in 2004 as a result of his exposure to asbestos in the workplace, was joined on the panel by others who had lost loved ones to workplace hazards. Overseeing the panel discussion was David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, OSHA; and Deborah Berkowitz, Chief of Staff, OSHA.

“ADAO urges OSHA to move from helping to control to preventing asbestos exposure, and we urge you to help disseminate other government agencies’ information … to increase awareness and support for best practices and encourage compliance,” Reinstein told the panel. She pointed out that OSHA’s own web site estimates 1.3 million employees in construction and general labor have faced “significant asbestos exposure.”

Reinstein also took the opportunity to ask OSHA’s leaders to support pending legislation that calls for a complete ban of asbestos in the U.S.

“Clearly, one life lost to asbestos disease is tragic, but hundreds of thousands of lives lost is unconscionable,” she said. “OSHA has the opportunity – and the responsibility – to protect Americans from these preventable diseases. We count on you to push this forward, and we would encourage and ask that Secretary (of Labor Hilda L.) Solis support asbestos ban legislation to prevent asbestos-caused diseases to protect workers and their families on behalf of the tens of thousands who have lost their life.”

Transcripts of the meeting are available on the OSHA web site.

A web cast of the meeting, including Panel 1, which features Ms. Reinstein, also is available by visiting OSHA online.

5 Responses to “ADAO provides a voice for workers at ‘OSHA Listens’ hearing”

  1. mikecrill

    I just have to remind OSHA that in the early1970s, along with EPA, did a study useing the Tremolite asbestos from Libby Mt and the test rats died of MESO. This was AFTER WR Grace did the same tests with Hamsters in the late 60s and of course the Hamsters died from Meso.THEN the study from 1979 to 2002 called Meso in Montana which counted Meso deaths of people who just live next to a Rail Road which coming from Libby killed alot of people in it's path.Still killing more people today and for as long as the deadly exposure exists…And in 1999, over 2000 people were told why we are sick and dying.In 2000,all of a sudden Libby is sold as safe and here it is 2010, the ROD is upon Libby and EPA wants to leave Libby after ten years and 300 plus million dollars and the town of Libby is not any safer nor cleaner than the day EPA came to town. So what I want to ask OSHA, TODAY is…why haven't YOU done anything to stop, end the continued deadly exposure to those being lied to that Libby is a safe place to livew and breathe.OSHA and EPA and all the others have failed in their duties to warn and inform and protect the people from something that is known to kill you.Tremolite asbestos kills you.The cause of MESO.How bout stopping the lies that continue to poison those lied to who have moved to Libby since 1999. Over 300 that I am aware of. I call this murder and if OSHA is worth a damn, then they need to do something instead of nothing. I am only talking about human life, men, women and children.It is the children I am concerned about OSHA because someone has to stop the poisoning of them…those we leave behind.Please address Libby Mt and do what you should of done when the rats died of Meso. You stopped killing the rats but the people continue to be poisoned….and for 40 some years OSHA has allowed this to continue. Anyone out there care about what continues knowingly????? 10 years and 300 plus people is no excuse after we were killed…told we were killed…

  2. mikecrill

    I just have to remind OSHA that in the early1970s, along with EPA, did a study useing the Tremolite asbestos from Libby Mt and the test rats died of MESO. This was AFTER WR Grace did the same tests with Hamsters in the late 60s and of course the Hamsters died from Meso.THEN the study from 1979 to 2002 called Meso in Montana which counted Meso deaths of people who just live next to a Rail Road which coming from Libby killed alot of people in it's path.Still killing more people today and for as long as the deadly exposure exists…And in 1999, over 2000 people were told why we are sick and dying.In 2000,all of a sudden Libby is sold as safe and here it is 2010, the ROD is upon Libby and EPA wants to leave Libby after ten years and 300 plus million dollars and the town of Libby is not any safer nor cleaner than the day EPA came to town. So what I want to ask OSHA, TODAY is…why haven't YOU done anything to stop, end the continued deadly exposure to those being lied to that Libby is a safe place to livew and breathe.OSHA and EPA and all the others have failed in their duties to warn and inform and protect the people from something that is known to kill you.Tremolite asbestos kills you.The cause of MESO.How bout stopping the lies that continue to poison those lied to who have moved to Libby since 1999. Over 300 that I am aware of. I call this murder and if OSHA is worth a damn, then they need to do something instead of nothing. I am only talking about human life, men, women and children.It is the children I am concerned about OSHA because someone has to stop the poisoning of them…those we leave behind.Please address Libby Mt and do what you should of done when the rats died of Meso. You stopped killing the rats but the people continue to be poisoned….and for 40 some years OSHA has allowed this to continue. Anyone out there care about what continues knowingly????? 10 years and 300 plus people is no excuse after we were killed…told we were killed…

  3. Marcus

    You are right, tremolite asbestos kills:
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