Asbestos in the News: Issue 96

Asbestos in the News: Issue 96
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of asbestos related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 33 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (6)
9/11 asbestos crews share fear of health coverage running out: A few days after the Twin Towers fell, Marcos Segura was at Ground Zero — one of more than 2,300 asbestos workers called in to remove the toxic dust blown into surrounding buildings. The Queens man put on a protective suit and breathed through a special mask, but it wasn’t enough. Despite their safety gear and training, Segura and other asbestos workers wound up getting exposed to a host of poisons after 9/11. Many have developed health problems, just like less-protected firefighters, police and ironworkers, according to medical surveys.
Rare find of asbestos contaminated soil in Sarnia: The City of Sarnia recently found itself in a unique position. Consultants had identified a soil contaminant in the city for which no Canadian standards exist. Ground zero is Centennial Park, a waterfront location facing Sarnia Bay. Among the main soil contaminants: asbestos.
New tool created to combat airborne asbestos on worksites: Legacy asbestos in buildings is as much a problem in the United Kingdom as it is in Canada. Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire in England have given construction workers a new tool to detect airborne asbestos on any worksite in real time, without the need to send air samples to a laboratory for testing.
A Bad Bill Passes the House: This November the U.S. House of Represented passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013 on a party-line vote — 216 Republicans and 5 Democrats voted aye; 7 Republicans and 192 Democrats voted no.
Railway workers exposed to asbestos in Chinese-made trains: Railway workers have been exposed to potentially hazardous asbestos after the deadly dust was found in locomotives brought in from China.
Factbox: Asbestos: Australia has the highest per-capita rate of asbestos-related diseases in the world, and rates of malignant mesothelioma (MM) continue to climb, particularly those associated with home renovation.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (8)
Caring teacher died after being exposed to asbestos from hanging pupils’ work on contaminated classroom walls for 25 years: For 25 years, she dedicated herself to educating children. A passionate teacher, Marion Potts proudly pinned her pupils’ work to her classroom walls. She had no idea this simple gesture was exposing her to asbestos that would eventually lead to her death.
Warwick Accommodation takes action on asbestos: Warwick Accommodation has decided to take further precautions regarding the asbestos present in University-managed accommodation.
Asbestos closes Zwolle “best school”: 1600 students of the Thorbecke School community in Zwolle were kept away from classes Thursday when school management reported that there was asbestos in the buildings. The initiative to have the standard asbestos tests carried out came from management.
Wellington County purchases daycare closed due to asbestos: More than six months after a Guelph daycare facility was closed due to asbestos concerns, plans are moving forward for the future of the building.
Asbestos and noise among parents’ concerns at Weymouth school: Parents arranged a meeting at the Weymouth Consolidated School to get answers from the Tri-County Regional School Board about noise and asbestos concerns with a renovation project at the school.
Asbestos abounds at Sid Smith: On the walls throughout Sidney Smith Hall, one can find triangular yellow stickers marking the presence of asbestos in the ceilings above. Students on the geography- and psychology-dominated ground floor, however, may feel slightly more secure.
Asbestos delays work on $8m Grammar facility: Work has been delayed on construction of Canberra Grammar School’s $8 million Asian century centre after bonded asbestos was found in pieces of cemented material on the Red Hill campus.
Audit due asbestos-plagued Kyneton kindergarten: The history of works at Kyneton’s Lady Brooks Kindergarten will be examined after more asbestos was uncovered at the site.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (3)
‘Ray of hope’ for sufferers of asbestos disease mesothelioma: A new treatment for the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma, is offering a ray of hope to victims of the deadly cancer, researchers say.
Overlooked lymph nodes in rib cage have prognostic power for mesothelioma patients: For the first time, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown the predictive power of a group of overlooked lymph nodes–known as the posterior intercostal lymph nodes–that could serve as a better tool to stage and ultimately treat patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a silent killer and our ignorance is putting people in danger: Asbestos is the word of the week, and for good reason – it’s dangerous stuff. The list of where it can be contained in a property is neverending, from sheeting, tiles, splashbacks and coatings to the glue itself used to hold everything together.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Charlie Chaplin museum delayed due to asbestos find: Chaplin’s World is a 55 million franc ($60 million) project, set to convert the Swiss home of Charlie Chaplin into a museum by 2015. However, plans have now been delayed as asbestos has been discovered in the building.
Asbestos scare closes part of Northampton Royal Mail centre: A section of Royal Mail’s postal centre in Northampton has been closed following an asbestos scare.
Sherrick Hall reopens after asbestos scare: MSU officials say Sherrick Hall has been reopened for regular business today, after air tests showed negative results of an asbestos release.
Chemical in Wine May Improve Mesothelioma Treatment: There’s new evidence that a compound found in red wine may help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (8)
John Lewis sued for £150,000 by Carlisle lung cancer man: A Carlisle man is suing retail giant John Lewis for up to £150,000 compensation, claiming he contracted terminal lung disease after prolonged exposure to asbestos during his 30-year career at a textiles factory.
Sunderland furniture firm fined £3,000 after workers were exposed to asbestos: A FAMILY-RUN furniture firm has been fined £3,000 after two workers were exposed to asbestos.
Fitchburg-Westminster landfill operator fined $18,000 for asbestos violations: The operator of the Fitchburg-Westminster landfill on Route 31 has been fined $18,000 for asbestos-handling violations, according to a news release from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Birmingham firm fined for exposing workers to asbestos: Birmingham Glass Services and Equitas Academies Trust – owner and operator of Aston Manor Academy – have been prosecuted by Birmingham Magistrates’ Court after the Health and Safety Executive identified several asbestos failings.
Civil society organisations in Asia call for a global ban on asbestos, highlight dangers in shipbreaking: During the annual Asia Ban Asbestos Network meeting, Bangladeshi civil society organisations launched the Bangladesh Ban Asbestos Network (B-BAN) under the auspices of OSHE, the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, a member organisation of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Anti-asbestos organisations, victims groups, researchers, and medical experts from all over Asia rallied in Dhaka, Bangladesh to demand a complete ban on the mining and the use of asbestos, which is still causing asbestos-related diseases (known as ARD) amongst workers and communities in Asia.
Alcoa asbestos lawsuit moves to Brazil: A complaint alleging that Alcoa products caused the mesothelioma of a Brazilian factory worker has been removed from the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings in a Brazilian court.
Imported asbestos products getting past Australian customs: Large shipments of products containing asbestos are entering Australia undetected by customs officials and it has some groups worried about worker safety.
Te Puna contractor fined for burning asbestos: A Te Puna earthworks and rubbish removal company and its owner were convicted and fined $16,400 in Tauranga District Court this week for discharging and burning asbestos, treated timber and other contaminants.
MISC. (4)
Russia’s Monotown of Asbest: The Town Asbestos Built: The town of Asbest was founded in Soviet era of industrialization on the eastern slope of Urals, Russia’s “treasure box” of precious stones and minerals. As one of 340 so-called monotowns in Russia, Asbest serves the purposes of a single industry. The name of the city speaks for itself—Asbest in Russian means asbestos, a word that the Western ear commonly associates with lung cancer. Asbest’s fate was defined from its birth as the community lying astride the world’s largest open-pit chrysotile asbestos fiber mine—a cavern half the area of the island of Manhattan, but plunging down rather than up.
Property investors can reduce the risks and costs of asbestos removal: Any Australian property built prior to 1980 has an increased chance that some form of asbestos material has been used in its construction. This can be a major concern for any investment property owner, particularly when faced with the potential health risks, and if necessary, the cost of asbestos removal.
Asbestos scare strikes Chinese imports to Australia: Railway workers have been exposed to potentially hazardous asbestos after the deadly dust was found in locomotives brought in from China. It’s a breach of a 10-year ban on the import of products containing the carcinogenic fibre.
New online asbestos course for DIY renovators: Home renovators are being encouraged to extend their ‘DIY’ skills and take a free online course to help them identify and safely handle asbestos.

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