Posts Tagged ‘asbestos ban’

Iconic Melbourne trams contain asbestos flooring

7 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
800px W6 Melbourne tram Nicholson Street 100x100 Iconic Melbourne trams contain asbestos flooring

Credit: Dysprosia

Three of Melbourne, Australia’s iconic W-Class trams, which regularly carry tourists along routes around the city, have failed routine inspections due to asbestos-containing flooring. (more…)


Australian asbestos ban difficult due to Chinese imports

25 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAL AAAAJGE2Mzk2MjQwLWMyNDMtNGMxYi1iN2FhLTFhNmYwOTAxNGE3NQ 100x100 Australian asbestos ban difficult due to Chinese importsAsbestos is widely considered to be a group of six carcinogenic silicate minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. But what happens when countries do not agree on the list? Enforcement is more difficult. (more…)


Canada lowers airborne chrysotile asbestos exposure limit

13 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Flag of Canada.svg 1 100x100 Canada lowers airborne chrysotile asbestos exposure limitIn a December 2016 press release, the Canadian government announced its plans to oust asbestos from the country by 2018 in a “whole-of-government approach.” As part of its efforts to meet the quickly approaching deadline, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu announced Tuesday the enhancement of the Canada Labour Code by lowering the exposure limit of airborne chrysotile asbestos to “as close to zero as possible,” according to a press release. (more…)


Asbestos set to be ousted from Canada by 2018

29 Dec 2016 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 Asbestos set to be ousted from Canada by 2018The Canadian government has announced its plan to remove asbestos and asbestos-containing products from the country within the next year, according to a government press release.

In a “whole-of-government approach,” asbestos will be banned by 2018 after the introduction of new regulations eliminates its manufacture, use, import and export under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999. The group of soon-to-be-banned silicate minerals is known to be a human carcinogen and closely related to the development of the fatal mesothelioma cancer. (more…)


Anti-asbestos organization sues over alleged corporate spy

9 Dec 2016 by Sarah Mahan under News

london 100x100 Anti asbestos organization sues over alleged corporate spyEspionage may not be what first comes to mind when discussing the backlash against the push worldwide to ban asbestos, but a lawsuit being heard in London has alleged just that. The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) has filed suit against several defendants it says were hired to uncover sensitive material about the Secretariat’s leading figures, plans and funding, according to The Guardian.

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Canada moves nearer to asbestos ban under pressure from labor union

22 Nov 2016 by Sarah Mahan under News

canada flag Canada moves nearer to asbestos ban under pressure from labor union is planning to join more than 50 countries that have already placed bans on asbestos, a heat-resistant silicate mineral linked to the development of mesothelioma, according to science, research and technology news service Phys.org.

A bill presented in the Canadian House of Commons Wednesday would completely ban the substance connected to mesothelioma, a rare cancer affecting the lining of the lungs and chest, the abdomen, and, rarely, the heart. The New Democrats, ’s largest union, presented the bill after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to ban asbestos five months ago. (more…)


ACC and chlor-alkali industry attempting to thwart potential asbestos ban

25 Oct 2016 by Temp Temple under News

Obama signs bill 100x100 ACC and chlor alkali industry attempting to thwart potential asbestos banLinda Reinstein, CEO and President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), has seen significant progress made in the fight to ban dangerous asbestos in the United States. This year alone, President Barack Obama made history by changing the future of chemical exposure by signing into effect the Frank. R Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since 1976.

However, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set to make its first 10 choices in December as to which chemicals it will take into evaluation, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is desperate to protect asbestos from potential bans. (more…)


Tweet for asbestos ban!

21 Oct 2009 by Wendi Lewis under News

If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is calling on you to help raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to call for Congressional ban of asbestos in the United States.

Here is a sample Facebook and Twitter message the ADAO is asking you to post. Ask your friends to re-Tweet, too!

Asbestos is a carcinogen. Ban asbestos now. Send your Congressional Representatives a letter from www.banasbestos.us. Please RT!

Mesothelioma and other asbestos-releated diseases are preventable! Raise awareness and help eliminate this deadly substance in the U.S.!