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An Act that could prevent against asbestos containing materials

While asbestos warnings featured on products’ labels is not destined to happen any time soon, there are some plans that senators in the US Senate are requesting to try to highlight and create awareness around the dangers of asbestos exposure. At the beginning of March 2015, US Senator Dick Durbin introduced an Act, titled The Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ), which, if it passes, will…

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After 3 months, asbestos still hasn’t been collected from a site in Tel-Aviv

The demolitions in a neighbourhood of Tel-Aviv left behind them piles of asbestos containing materials, which are dangerous to people living nearby. In his letter, Mr. Gilon reminds the authorities that residents and evicted families have already highlighted the problem and asked for a clearance of the site, but nothing has been done… “I am writing in regard to the asbestos hazard in Givat Amal…

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How about putting asbestos on the label?

This is definitely a good idea but of course it’s obviously not in any producers’ interest to feature asbestos on the label. The idea came up on the Environmental Working Group’s blog by Alex Formuzis, former vice president for media affairs, and Tina Sigurdson, staff attorney. They talk about how hazardous asbestos is, what diseases it can cause and how cautiously it should be handled and they…

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2024 - The year when Dutch homes will be stripped of asbestos

Wilma Mansveld is the Minister for the Environment in the Netherland’s and one of her initiatives involves a proposal to ban asbestos from Dutch homes. The Cabinet has agreed with her project and based on this all the asbestos roofs in the Netherlands will be removed by 2024. However, this ban only refers to asbestos containing construction material which are in contact with the outside. Home owners…

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The truth about asbestos myths

Just like any other controversial product, only that it isn't just controversial, it is also deathly, asbestos has its share of myths that people may or may not believe. Let’s look at the most common ones and de-mystify them. Myth: Mesothelioma is only caused by asbestosNo. It’s heavily caused by asbestos exposure, but mesothelioma has been around before the use of asbestos and people being exposed…

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9 out of 10 schools in Britain are full of asbestos

A recent article published by express.co.uk has revealed that 86%, meaning 9 out of 10 schools in Britain has asbestos contained in the construction materials of their school building.  However, removing all asbestos would cost too much. One of the country’s experts in asbestos, prof. Julian Peto said that removing asbestos would save “only” 25 lives a year. “You cannot rebuild all the schools…

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The impact of asbestos on the military veterans’ health

In our article about the deadliest asbestos jobs, we’ve left one out, not because it’s less important, but because people doing it are not working directly with asbestos, like builders, miners or other plant workers are. We have not talked about asbestos in the military service environment before, but we’ll give you some facts about it in this article. Why were soldiers exposed to asbestos in…

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Dr. Irving Selikoff, an anti-asbestos pioneer

Ever wondered who was the first person who had the courage to stand up and speak against one of the world’s cheapest, most resistant and fireproof construction materials?  We did some digging and we found out that one of the first people who dared to incriminate asbestos as a source of dangerous and deadly diseases was Dr. Irving J. Selikoff. For 30 years, from the 1960s to 1990s, America’s…

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How is asbestosis evaluated?

A short definition of asbestosis would be this one: a process of lung tissue scarring caused by asbestos fibres. The asbestosis diagnosis is not that simple to establish because there are many other lung diseases that have the same symptoms. So before declaring that a patient has asbestosis, the other diseases must be excluded. So what tests will diagnose asbestosis?  Among the first and simplest…

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What you don’t know about Chrysotile

If you’ve never heard the term “Chrysotile” before, maybe you’re more familiar with “white asbestos? Actually, the term “asbestos” is a commercial name given to 6 minerals - chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. But what else don’t you know about chrysotile? * It’s the most “popular” asbestos type * It’s been used for 2 millennia in textiles,…

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