Asbestos in the News: Issue 38

Asbestos in the News: Issue 38
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 5 stories we thought may interest you!
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Activists urge Thailand to ban asbestos: International health activists have stepped up pressure on Thailand and other Asian countries to ban the use of asbestos. The Asian Ban Asbestos Network (Aban) issued a declaration at its meeting in Bangkok yesterday. The delegates, who came from many Asian countries including India, Bangladesh, Iran and Indonesia, agreed urgent steps must be taken to make Asia an asbestos-free region. Health experts say exposure to asbestos can cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. The declaration said Thailand is not doing its part to eliminate the use of asbestos.
Hidden Danger of Asbestos in Schools “Comes as no Surprise”: A specialist industrial disease lawyer has said that the closure of a Welsh high school after ten times more than acceptable levels of asbestos were found comes as no surprise, adding that the hidden danger of asbestos in our schools has been known for years. Bridget Collier, head of the Industrial Disease team at Fentons Personal Injury Solicitors LLP and a specialist in asbestos claims, said that the shock closure of the 900-strong Cwmcarn High School was potentially just the tip of the iceberg. “The Cwmcarn case does not come as any great surprise, as we have known for years that asbestos was widely used in schools, typically for fireproofing and insulation,” said Bridget. “But the dangerously high levels of asbestos found in that particular school have thrust it under the spotlight.”
Asbestos stalks on: Asbestos would continue to kill Australians for decades to come and there was a need for a major campaign to raise awareness of the risk posed by the deadly material, the widow of campaigner Bernie Banton said yesterday. The material still lurks in an estimated three million homes. Karen Banton visited Hobart yesterday for the launch of a multi-party group on asbestos and to launch Asbestos Awareness Week in the state.
Asbestos list no panacea: At a first look, it’s tough to argue with the call from Opposition politicians and others for the government to create a list of all public buildings in Saskatchewan that contain asbestos – a measure that has particular resonance with the death last week of Howard Willems. The former building inspector – who died of mesothelio-ma, a painful lung cancer caused from the inhalation of airborne asbestos fibres – had long advocated for the creation of such a registry to let people know if they are going into a building that contains the material.
MISC. (1)
Heather, Mesothelioma Patient, Launches ADAO “Patients for Prevention” Campaign: The facts are irrefutable. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen. During repairs, maintenance, and natural and man-made disasters, Americans are exposed to asbestos. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that as many as 35 million homes contain insulation with asbestos-tainted vermiculite. Asbestos is also found in roofing materials, floor tiles, and cement pipes. Additionally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures.

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