Asbestos in the News: Issue 115

Asbestos in the News: Issue 115
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 25 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (2)
Wartime helmets and gas masks banned from classroom because of ASBESTOS: Teachers have been told to stop using Second World War gas masks and helmets from the First World War as classroom props because they could contain asbestos.
Exposed asbestos still a concern across Japan: According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) there are 15,972 large-scale privately-owned buildings across Japan with asbestos sprayed insulation on the ceilings and walls. Of those, only 30%, or 4,767 buildings have had the asbestos either removed or treated.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (3)
Tracking Mesothelioma with FDG-PET: The imaging method called positron emission tomography (PET) using the radioactive tracer molecule 18F-FDG is a valuable way to both diagnose and track the progression of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma.
Mortality, Morbidity Rates of EPP and P/D Surgeries Stir Debate: Despite advances in all therapies that make up the standard of care for mesothelioma, the EPP surgery still carries stubbornly high mortality and morbidity rates when compared to the less aggressive — but often equally effective — P/D surgery.
Carbon Nanotubes: A New Cause of Mesothelioma?: Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are carbon-based synthetic molecules in the shape of concentric tubes. Their special shape makes them more resistant to chemicals than other types of carbon nanotubes and makes them valuable for use in electronics, optics, textiles and other areas of manufacturing.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Asbestos dilemma put to parents: Bayfield School was shut last Thursday because of fears of asbestos contamination from demolition work taking place on the grounds.
School fined over asbestos: An east Belfast grammar school has been fined £7,500 after admitting a series of health and safety breaches in relation to the management of asbestos.
Asbestos Removed at Mary Ingles Elementary: Asbestos was removed during the weekend from a boiler room at Mary Ingles Elementary.
Asbestos abatement resumes soon at middle school: Crews will begin removing floor tiles and adhesive material containing the cancer-causing fiber from the 52-year-old middle school shortly after the school year ends, Superintendent Jeni Mosca said. Workers also will continue similar abatement efforts this summer at the high school, which was built in 1956.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (11)
Fourth District Court of Appeal Revives Suit Over Asbestos Exposure: An asbestos manufacturer may be liable to a person who became ill as a result of frequent contact with a person who was exposed to the defendant’s products at work and carried asbestos dust on his clothes as a result, the First District Court of Appeal has ruled.
MeUndies co-founder sentenced to 12mo in prison for shoddy asbestos removal at family property: What does a designer underwear startup have to do with asbestos? Until recently, nothing. But in the case of Santa Monica-based ecommerce company MeUndies, some bad decisions involving removal of the known carcinogen means that the company will be without its founder and CEO for the next year.
Asbestos suit filed by widow of former shipyard worker: The widow of a former shipyard employee who died of mesothelioma is suing numerous companies she claims are at fault for his exposure to asbestos.
ACT stands by decision not to identify 1,000 homes that may contain loose-fill asbestos: The ACT Government has again refused to release a list of Canberra homes containing dangerous loose-fill asbestos, citing concerns the information could damage relations with the Commonwealth.
Court says asbestos company can be responsible for relative’s cancer: When 49-year-old truck driver Johnny Kesner Jr. was diagnosed in 2011 with a fatal form of cancer commonly caused by asbestos, he recalled his teenage years, when he often spent two or three days and nights a week at his uncle’s home. His uncle worked for a company called Abex, which made brake linings filled with asbestos, and regularly came home, Kesner said, with his clothes covered in asbestos dust. And according to Kesner’s lawyer, the company had a pamphlet warning about the dangers of taking work clothes home, but didn’t distribute that pamphlet to its employees.
Workers exposed to toxic asbestos at Wokingham site: A COMPANY was fined £10,000 after ‘needlessly’ putting the lives of workers at risk through failing to inform them of a threat of asbestos.
Firm in court for failing to communicate known asbestos risk: A Battersea building firm has been fined for failing to highlight the known presence of asbestos insulating board (AIB) at a Berkshire warehouse – exposing a foreman and others to potential harm when it was ripped out during refurbishment work.
Contractor begins demolition before asbestos check: The Department of Environmental Quality will take action against a building contractor for not checking for asbestos in a home they were demolishing in Southeast Portland.
Dodgy asbestos dump nets near $70K fine: A Tauranga demolition and digger hire company has been convicted and fined a total of $67,687 for illegally disposing of asbestos-contaminated demolition waste and fill material, and clearing native vegetation in Otumoetai last year.
Lung cancer victims ‘betrayed’ by Government, inquiry told: LUNG cancer victims have been betrayed by a cynical Government deal with insurance companies.
Worcester company fined $16K for asbestos violations: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Modern Manufacturing Inc. of Worcester $16,137.50 for allegedly failing to follow proper asbestos removal procedures while renovating a residential high-rise building.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Public meeting on future of Derbyshire hospital after asbestos closure: A MEETING will be held to discuss the future of Heanor Memorial Hospital after asbestos was discovered in parts of the building.
Asbestos scare shuts down Blacktown Hospital upgrade works indefinitely: MORE than 100 workers and members of the public have potentially been exposed to asbestos after it was found at Blacktown Hospital.
Asbestos removal at Charleston airport to delay construction, cost $670,000: Removing asbestos-laced materials discovered during expansion of Charleston International Airport will cost $670,000.
MISC. (2)
Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago: THE GOVERNMENT WAS aware of asbestos found on a naval ship in the past week more than a decade ago – and made arrangements for it to be removed at the time.
Threat of asbestos in Bangladesh: ASBESTOS is a name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals contained within rocks, largely produced in Russia and other countries. Those who are working in the factories and industries must be cautious about the presence of asbestos material and must protect themselves from inhaling asbestos. The use of this substance is banned in many countries. Having known that it is carcinogenic and also the cause of some other fatal lung diseases, we must take steps to protect our people working in areas with presence of Asbestos.

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