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USDA employees concerned about asbestos exposure

22 Jun 2018 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 USDA employees concerned about asbestos exposureEmployees who work inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) building are concerned that they are being exposed to and lead paint, which has prompted an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The union is also accusing management of failing to give sufficient notice about the abatement of and lead within the building or maintaining secure, sealed physical barriers between the abatement efforts near staff. (more…)


EPA fails to recognize legacy asbestos as deadly hazard

20 Jun 2018 by under News

EPA logo 100x100 EPA fails to recognize legacy asbestos as deadly hazardThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not prohibit new uses or review exposures from abandoned uses of asbestos, a fibrous mineral used in building materials and other industrial products that has been linked to a rare and deadly form of cancer called .

The EPA announced these intentions in the “Problem Formulation Document,” a report that excludes a risk review of ongoing exposure from legacy products in the environment. (more…)


Lab testing reveals asbestos fibers in elementary classroom

18 Jun 2018 by under News

Anthophyllite asbestos SEM 1 100x100 Lab testing reveals asbestos fibers in elementary classroomMaria Greco was relieved to hear that the School District of Philadelphia had hired painters to repair the chipping paint and plaster in her classroom at A.S. Jenks Elementary School. But when she arrived back in her classroom the day after the painters were there, she found a layer of white dust covering the desks and floor. Peeling paint remained in the closet where students hung their coats. There was a five-foot gouge cut into the tile on the classroom floor. (more…)


U-Haul dealer cited by OSHA for exposing employees to asbestos

6 Jun 2018 by under News

home renovation flooring 100x100 U Haul dealer cited by OSHA for exposing employees to asbestosU-Haul Company of New York & Vermont, doing business as U-Haul Moving & Storage at Larkin District, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing its employees to asbestos and silica hazards while performing renovation work at its Buffalo facility. (more…)


J&J to keep talc in its baby products despite asbestos concerns

18 May 2018 by under News

640px Talc mutnikSVK01 100x100 J&J to keep talc in its baby products despite asbestos concernsJohnson & Johnson’s consumer health care division is relaunching its line of baby care products, removing concerning ingredients like dyes and sulfates and replacing mineral oil with coconut oil in an effort to appeal to ingredient-conscious millennial moms. But it isn’t touching the in its Johnson’s Baby Powder. In fact, the company is adding a new -containing product – one that combines with cotton. (more…)


Asbestosis a serious complication from asbestos exposure

27 Apr 2018 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Asbestosis a serious complication from asbestos exposure

Asbestosis is a serious, progressive, chronic lung disease caused by the scarring of lung tissue due to asbestos exposure. Most people become exposed to in work environments that are contaminated with , a fibrous mineral that has been linked to other serious diseases including and other cancers. (more…)


Four types of mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposure

25 Apr 2018 by under News

Mesothelioma 100x100 Four types of mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposureMesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of internal organs. There are four types of : pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and tunica vaginalis (testicular). All types of have been linked to exposure. Most exposure to occurs in the workplace. The disease can take 15 to 50 years from exposure to present with symptoms. (more…)


Many industries hid evidence of asbestos exposure in workplace

21 Apr 2018 by under Legal, News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Many industries hid evidence of asbestos exposure in workplaceBeginning in the 1920s, medical professionals linked exposure to , particularly in the workplace, to , a rare but deadly form of lung cancer. In the decades that followed, the use of in the U.S. declined. Industries that continued to manufacture -containing products were required to have their workers wear protective clothing such as coveralls or similar full-body clothing, head covering, gloves and foot coverings. Despite these protective measures, workers can still be exposed. (more…)


Firefighters are greater risk of mesothelioma

31 Mar 2018 by under News

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 Firefighters are greater risk of mesotheliomaFirefighters are at a much greater risk of cancer than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The reason? Houses contain material that, when on fire, can release toxic fumes and other contaminants. (more…)


Hawaii fire department fined for not protecting firefighters from asbestos exposure

29 Mar 2018 by under News

Airport firefighters drill 100x100 Hawaii fire department fined for not protecting firefighters from asbestos exposureThe State of Hawaii has fined the Honolulu Fire Department $7,000 for not protecting firefighters from dangerous asbestos they were exposed to during a summertime fire at the Marco Polo condominiums that killed three people and destroyed dozens of units. The fire was the largest high-rise fire in the state’s history, and hundreds of Honolulu firefighters worked to contain the blaze. (more…)