Posts Tagged ‘asbestos abatement’

Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines

12 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Paducah Asbestos Removal 74501321301 100x100 Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines Using asbestos in building products was banned in most Australian states and territories in the late 1980s, and in 2003, the nation banned all uses of chrysotile asbestos and extended the ban to the import and export of all products containing asbestos, according to the country’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. However, exposure to the known human carcinogen is still an issue in the country due to demolition and remodeling not being handled properly. (more…)


Detroit Demolition Program faces asbestos concerns

4 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Seal of Detroit.svg 1 100x100 Detroit Demolition Program faces asbestos concernsThe city of Detroit has razed more than 11,000 blighted properties since 2014 through its demolition program — with approximately 2,000 more demolitions scheduled. During those demolitions, contractors hired by the city are required to remove and properly dispose of asbestos. However, according to the Detroit Free Press, the recent discovery of a shed filled with asbestos-containing material has raised concerns about the program’s asbestos abatement and the storage of hazardous materials in general. (more…)


Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory

19 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 Cleanup underway for North Carolina properties tainted by old asbestos factory If you drove by properties surrounding Davidson, North Carolina’s Metrolina Warehouse, once known as the Carolina Asbestos factory, over the past few weeks, you may have seen workers mowing lawns — in hazmat suits — as part of a cleanup effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (more…)


University of Toronto fires contractor, feels pressure for asbestos audit

5 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

554px MedicalSciencesBuildingUniversityOfTorontoCanada 100x100 University of Toronto fires contractor, feels pressure for asbestos audit In the midst of University of Toronto faculty and staff demanding an asbestos audit, the university has fired its longtime contractor in charge of renovations in the Medical Sciences Building, where MyMeso previously reported asbestos-tainted dust was found in five laboratories. (more…)


University of Toronto faces asbestos abatement issues

30 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

554px MedicalSciencesBuildingUniversityOfTorontoCanada 100x100 University of Toronto faces asbestos abatement issuesThe University of Toronto’s medical-sciences building is creating tension on campus after asbestos-tainted dust was discovered in several of the building’s labs.

At almost 50 years old, the building has undergone a major renovation, including asbestos abatement, since November 2016, and in the past two months tests have shown asbestos-containing dust in several labs, The Globe and Mail reported last week. Two labs remain closed. (more…)


New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classes

21 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classesA primary school in Auckland, New Zealand, is expecting students to attend class while asbestos abatement procedures are underway, a move that has some parents fearing for the safety of their children.

Hobsonville Primary School is in the midst of a three-plus week asbestos removal process after the known human carcinogen was found in the ground where a new drop-off zone is set to be built, according to 1 News. Parents wanted the school to wait until Christmas break — the longest break the children have in their year-round school schedule — to remove the asbestos, but school officials reportedly said that was too long to keep it near the children. (more…)


Lawmakers discuss renovations on Palace of Westminster, include asbestos concerns

2 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

UKParliament 100x100 Lawmakers discuss renovations on Palace of Westminster, include asbestos concernsThe meeting place of Britain’s Parliament is due for some much-needed renovations, and lawmakers are now in the process of determining the details of the rehab plan, which will likely relocate government workers for years and cost billions of dollars. (more…)


New book highlights drastic effects of Mr. Fluffy insulation on homeowners

22 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 New book highlights drastic effects of Mr. Fluffy insulation on homeownersA new book highlights the effects Mr. Fluffy, a form of loose asbestos insulation, has on the Australian capital of Canberra. The insulation was used extensively in the area by a sole contractor in the 1960s and 1970s and was later found to contain asbestos, a group of silicate minerals linked to the development of mesothelioma and other health concerns. (more…)


Homeowners often renovated homes containing Mr. Fluffy asbestos-tainted insulation, study says

15 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Canberra parliamentary axis 1 100x100 Homeowners often renovated homes containing Mr. Fluffy asbestos tainted insulation, study saysA form of loose asbestos insulation used in the Australian capital of Canberra, Mr. Fluffy has caused problems for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and homeowners alike since a sole contractor used the insulation in territory homes beginning in 1968, myMeso previously reported.

A new study by the Australian National University showed more than 80 percent of homeowners in Fluffy-contaminated houses had renovated their homes, greatly increasing the risk of asbestos exposure to occupants and renovation crews, according to The Canberra Times. (more…)


Wales’ oldest cinema suffering after asbestos find

7 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

War memorial  cinema Brynmawr   geograph.org .uk   3572345 100x100 Wales oldest cinema suffering after asbestos findWales’ oldest cinema first opened when Queen Victoria was the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Since its opening in 1894, it has survived two world wars and outlasted 28 UK prime ministers. Market Hall Cinema is Wales’ oldest continuously running theater, earning the title of National Cinema of the Year in 2014. Now the Market Hall Cinema and Arts Trust charity is working to raise enough money to keep its tradition alive after asbestos was found in the building in December 2016. (more…)