Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Electrical Union issues ban after asbestos found at Sydney Opera House

3 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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Renovations at the Sydney Opera House have hit a roadblock following the confirmation of asbestos fibers in the building. The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has issued a work ban on the $200 million project after asbestos was confirmed in ducts where 25 electricians worked in July. (more…)


Australian eco-development faces asbestos abatement legal challenges

27 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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An asbestos abatement case is making its way to Australia’s Supreme Court, and while the dispute is being adjudicated, plans for a $2 billion eco-development are on hold. (more…)


Mr. Fluffy home demolitions near completion

18 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 Mr. Fluffy home demolitions near completionA form of loose asbestos insulation used in the Australian capital of Canberra, Mr. Fluffy has proved much more menacing than its name would suggest. Fear of Mr. Fluffy reemerged in 2013 after a house that had undergone asbestos removal procedures was found to still contain the deadly insulation, according to The Guardian. Millions were spent on the original abatement efforts, and now a second round of removal efforts is underway. (more…)


Australian government clarifies asbestos pledge

17 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 Australian government clarifies asbestos pledgeAustralia’s Victorian government is under fire for what some are calling broken campaign promises. During a state government audit in 2014, some schools in the region were found to be so plagued with carcinogenic asbestos, they needed to be shut down. Labor party officials then campaigned under the suggestion of removing all asbestos from schools by 2020, according to sources quoted in The Brisbane Times, but government officials are now clarifying the promise. (more…)


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…)


Australian residents call for health checks after asbestos discovery

4 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 Australian residents call for health checks after asbestos discovery Residents of a remote town in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia are calling on the government to step in and address possible asbestos exposure due to a building purchased with government money.

Members of the Tennant Creek community are calling for health checks to determine whether the town’s children are suffering from asbestos exposure after entering the unoccupied building, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (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…)


Australian state sees first black lung case since 1970s

8 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px BLACK LUNG X RAYS FROM PATIENTS OF DR. A.H. RUSSAKOFF PULMONARY DISEASE SPECIALIST AND PIONEER AIR POLLUTION FIGHTER...   NARA   545474 100x100 Australian state sees first black lung case since 1970sNew South Wales, a state in southeastern Australia, has confirmed its first case of black lung disease since the 1970s. The NSW Department of Industry Resources confirmed last week it had been alerted to a case of Mixed Dust Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, known commonly as black lung disease. (more…)


Socioeconomic status impacts mesothelioma patient outcomes

6 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Australia location map with floral 100x100 Socioeconomic status impacts mesothelioma patient outcomes Socioeconomic status has a bigger impact on mesothelioma patient prognosis than any other factor, according to a new study.

Despite each of the 910 Australian patients with pleural mesothelioma who participated receiving some level of compensation for their diseases, the study found those with lower statuses on the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD) were less likely to receive adequate treatment, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. (more…)