A Philadelphia County jury found in favor of the family of Edward Merwitz, a former shipfitter who died of mesothelioma at age 62. The lawsuit alleged Merwitz was exposed to asbestos-containing products while working on U.S. Navy ships between the years of 1965 and 1970. (more…)
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Today marks the start of Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW), which will be observed April 1-7, 2014. The event was started as National Asbestos Awareness Day in 2005, expanded to National Asbestos Awareness Week, and is now recognized globally as a time to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. (more…)
Today Americans pause to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., along with a failed attempt that downed a jetliner in a field in Pennsylvania, changed our nation forever. But as we stop to think of those who lost their lives on that day, the lingering effects of toxic debris at Ground Zero in New York continue to plague first responders and workers who cleared the debris. Many others also were exposed to toxins at the Pentagon and the plane crash site. (more…)
Six people were killed June 5 when a building under demolition in downtown Philadelphia, Penn., collapsed. A wall caved in on a Salvation Army store adjacent to the construction site, and staff and shoppers were buried under debris. Now, documents indicate there was asbestos present in the building. It appears the contractor did not notify city officials prior to beginning work and improperly disposed of asbestos-laden materials in an open trash bin on the construction site. (more…)
Please remember the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) 9th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference is currently underway in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. More than 30 speakers from seven countries will gather to present the latest information about “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment.” (more…)
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will present its 9th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference March 22-24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The conference theme is “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment.” (more…)
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Foundation has set out three New Year’s Resolutions to help it succeed in its mission of eliminating mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. And you can help! (more…)
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has selected Charles L. Sawyers, M.D., as its 2012-2013 President-Elect. Sawyers is chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), one of the leading medical facilities in the United States treating mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. (more…)
A young lady in Lake Stevens, Washington, wrote a touching essay about her grandfather, who passed away from mesothelioma in May 2009. Roberta Pierce said she is dedicating her participation in Relay for Life to him. His death is still with her, she writes. “I still have the scar on my heart. It’s puckered and pink, and is still sore.” (more…)
Linda Reinstein, 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 “OSHA Listens” 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.