Asbestos in the News: Issue 45

Asbestos in the News: Issue 45
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 6 stories we thought may interest you!
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Avoiding asbestos at Dalhousie: A sign that has been up in Dalhousie student residences for the past four months advises students of how to avoid putting themselves in contact with asbestos. “Skip the thumbtacks and nails,” says the printed poster. “Putting holes in residence walls or removing ceiling tiles can release potentially harmful asbestos fibres. You don’t want that. Neither do we.”
Montevallo Elementary plans to reopen this week after mold, asbestos concerns: Shelby County School District plans to reopen Montevallo Elementary this week after conducting cleaning and other work throughout the building following ongoing mold and asbestos concerns. Montevallo Elementary School is the focus of several construction and cleanup projects due to concerns about mold and asbestos at the building that closed on Dec. 12 in light of air quality test results but plans to reopen to staff on Jan. 2 and students the following day. School district public relations supervisor Cindy Warner in an e-mail this afternoon said plans include reopening the facility to teachers and staff on Wednesday and to students for classes on Thursday.
Examining the Link Between Asbestos Exposure and Cancer: Almost everyone has been exposed to asbestos at one time or another, but repeated contact over a long period of time can heighten the risk of serious illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma. A certified asbestos removal contractor can help you determine if you and your family are at risk. In the meantime, keep reading for an overview of the link between asbestos exposure and cancer.
NCC plans asbestos removal from Rideau Hall attic: An attic in the official residence of Canada’s governor general is contaminated with asbestos. And it’s not the only place the hazardous material can be found in the building. The National Capital Commission has invited tenders for the removal of asbestos from the attic of Rideau Hall’s 1867 wing. Remedial work will begin in January and should be completed by the end of March.
Asbestos victims need more help: The Tokyo District Court has ordered the state to award some ¥1.06 billion in compensation to 158 workers who suffered lung diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos dust. This is a significant ruling in that it decided that the state’s inadequate regulations were responsible for the workers’ sufferings. Yet, it is insufficient because the ruling did not award compensation to about half of the plaintiffs.
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Local Ferries Highlighted in Asbestos Report: Two years after concerns were raised locally, BC Ferries is still dealing with asbestos on several vessels, including the Queen of Burnaby serving Comox and Powell River, as well as the North Island Princess sailing between Powell River and Texada Island.
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