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New Uses of Asbestos Accepted by US Agency

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA has created a framework which could approve "new uses" of asbestos. At the same time, it is limiting research assessing its risk. Although the US had been exploring how to phase out asbestos prior to 2017, the EPA is now considering ‘future uses of asbestos’. It had also considered “refusing” to ban asbestos. During the summer, the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics proposed a “Significant New Use Rule” (SNUR) for asbestos, having already lessened the rigorous approach taken when evaluating the risks posed by asbestos......

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In April this year, The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) released new findings from research conducted by President of the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), Jukka Takala. According to Dr. Takala’s research, asbestos-related diseases caused 39,275 deaths in the US annually—more than double the previous estimates of 15,000 per year. Specifically, asbestos leads to 34,270 lung cancer deaths, 3,161 mesothelioma deaths, 787 ovarian cancer deaths, 443 larynx cancer deaths, and 613 chronic asbestosis deaths. The Global Asbestos Disaster findings, unveiled at the 14th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference in Washington, DC, reports a......

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In the final part of our series on mesothelioma in Canada we're taking a look on how the disease is treated. The large number of mesothelioma cases in Canada demands a medical system offering good treatment options for mesothelioma. Canada has a socialised medical insurance system, and it is generally believed that it is easier to get better care for rare diseases like mesothelioma in the United States than it is in Canada. In both countries, however, the treatment for the disease is the same. Canadians generally explore one or a combination of three options......

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In the 1930s, a study conducted by the Department of Industrial Hygiene at McGill University discovered that, of 200 men who participated, 42 developed asbestosis. The department had been formed by The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, due to its suspicions that asbestos was sickening workers and causing some sort of “dust disease” of the lungs. However, the findings were never published and lawyers for asbestos manufacturers in Canada and the U.S. suggested to company executives that asbestosis receive “minimum publicity.” Continue Reading


In June this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed regulations related to asbestos. In the agency’s press release, it describes “a significant new use rule (SNUR) proposal enabling the Agency to prevent new uses of asbestos–the first such action on asbestos ever proposed.” Only recently have environmental critics started to voice their disapproval and mainstream media have picked up on the story. An article suggesting asbestos rules would be weakened under the EPA proposal appeared in Fast Company in June. The Architect’s Newspaper in early August reported, “EPA is now allowing asbestos back into......

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After climbing steadily over the past two decades, Canada's mesothelioma cancer rate is now one of the highest in the world. Few in the medical community are surprised: Canada's dedication to the mining of chrysotile asbestos and the Canadian government's track record for permitting its production and use in thousands of products laid the groundwork for exposing citizens to the toxic mineral. The most significant increases occurred in the shipbuilding areas around Vancouver, and in Quebec, home to many of Canada's early asbestos mines. About 2.1 of every 100,000 Canadians are diagnosed annually......

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Asbestos is known to be one of the most dangerous substances to human health; linked to lung cancer and other serious illnesses that can lead to death. Even after the complete asbestos ban in 1999, it is still found at sites and in buildings up and down the country. For this reason, whenever work is carried out it’s important to ensure the correct procedures for the safe removal of asbestos (or any potentially hazardous materials which may contain asbestos) are followed. However, three directors of Stoke-based Alsager Contractors Limited (now liquidated) failed to......

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In one of the strangest or boldest moves in the industry, Russian asbestos company, Uralasbest, is now advertising its products with the face of US President Donald Trump!   Using its social media presence to show off a pallet decorated with Trump's face, the company brought itself and its product to the centre of attention in June, citing the support for asbestos consumption from Trump and his former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.   The US-based Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organisation associated with human health and the environment, translated the Russian advertisement headline as “Approved by......

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This global brand is known by many for its pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods, including skin care products for adults and babies. Since 1980, JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder was widely used for its numerous beneficial purposes by consumers around the world. Until today, many perceive J&J as an honest and baby-friendly brand which supplies high quality products at affordable price. Nonetheless, women globally began to report J&J products after discovering talcum powder and asbestos in their ovaries. The company was sued by more than 9,000 women who believe that the talcum powder found in Johnsons......

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Workers on a construction site

Exposure to any form of asbestos presents a real risk to the health of those affected. With as many as 125 million people (as of 2013) thought to have been exposed to asbestos while in the workplace, it is obvious that many will experience an asbestos-related illness as a result. One of the worst types of asbestos-related illnesses is Mesothelioma. This cancer affects tens of thousands of people each year across the globe, with four in five cases of mesothelioma occuring as a result of exposure to asbestos.

The most despicable cancer you can......

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