What Diseases Can Asbestos Exposure Cause? [Infographic]

What Diseases Can Asbestos Exposure Cause? [Infographic]
The infographic below was created for Blackwater Law and provides you with excellent information on what health issues are caused by exposure to asbestos plus an exceptional timeline.

Thugs and Criminals Continue to Profit from the Toxic Trade of Asbestos

Thugs and Criminals Continue to Profit from the Toxic Trade of Asbestos
Asbestos-related diseases cause great human suffering. Death from difficult-to-treat cancers and suffocation caused by asbestosis are terrible ways to die. The callous disregard of some countries for educating workers condemns many to unnecessary and painful deaths. (Arthur L. Frank MD, Ph.D., Professor of Public Health and Pulmonary Medicine, Drexel University)
One of the important items on the agenda of the Rotterdam Convention was the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) list of hazardous substances. The purpose of this inclusion is to force exporters to establish protocol to inform purchasers about the hazards related to the substances.
Linda Reinstein of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) expressed outrage with the fact that seven countries blocked the listing of chrysotile asbestos on the PIC list of hazardous substances. In her words:
It is reprehensible that India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe used propaganda and misinformation to block chrysotile asbestos from being added to the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances. Each day, 300 innocent people die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases, yet the asbestos industry, including the Russian Chrysotile Association, continues to promote the “safe use” of chrysotile asbestos. Russia annually mines an estimated 1,000,000 tons of asbestos and is responsible for half of the world’s chrysotile asbestos production. ADAO is a proud supporter of the 2013 Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA) Position Paper, as well as Association of Asbestos Victims Families (AFeVA) President Romana Blasotti Pavesi’s global asbestos victims solidarity letter, which was endorsed by 55 asbestos victims’ organizations. Asbestos victims around the world will not be silenced by thugs and criminals profiting from the deadly toxic trade. Instead, we will turn our grief, pain, and anger into action as we continue global educational and advocacy initiatives to collaboratively ensure chrysotile asbestos will be added to the PIC List at the 2015 Rotterdam Convention.
These seven countries blocked the inclusion because they have put profits ahead of the safety of worker’s lives. It is very sad and truly outrageous:

Chrysotile asbestos is recognized by every leading world scientific body as a cause of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, as have all other forms of commercially used asbestos that are currently listed on the PIC List, but because chrysotile asbestos remains the only type of asbestos commercially exploited, those countries having a financial stake in its continued use have placed profit and greed over the protection of the public’s health, in order to promote this carcinogenic product. Today, a few countries have again blocked chrysotile’s listing on the PIC by claiming it is not hazardous and can be used safely. It is a farce for them to suggest continued “controlled use” since by blocking its listing, the consumer is never informed of chrysotile’s hazardous nature. Thus, the pandemic of asbestos-induced diseases that the world is currently experiencing will continue to grow as thousands more uninformed users of this cancerous material will face disease and death in their future. The action of these few countries represents a callous disregard for human dignity and life. (Richard Lemen Ph.D., MSPH, Assistant Surgeon General (ret.), Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.); Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University)
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Why is a Shower Essential to Asbestos Abatement?
What Percentage of Lung Cancers are Caused by Asbestos?
Canadian Asbestos Regulations
How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?
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10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]
ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Epidemic in America
WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
The Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!
Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!
Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust
Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret
Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
The Asbestos Abatement Process
Why is Asbestos so Scary?
Got Asbestos?
Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”

Can You Get Mesothelioma from Attending School?

Can You Get Mesothelioma from Attending School?
Infographics are an exceptional method to convey information. To date, we have presented infographics on asbestos and the navy, interesting historical facts about asbestos, and interesting facts about asbestos. The infographic below, produced by Spencers Solicitors, highlights the problem of asbestos in schools.
The two most troubling statistics from this infographic include the following:
1. 75% of schools have asbestos!
2. For every school worker that dies of mesothelioma, nine former pupils die from asbestos exposure.
Though these statistics are based on UK schools, it is fairly clear that similar stats would prevail in other countries because asbestos was used heavily in construction prior to 1980, meaning that most schools built during this period will will have problems that need to be addressed.

Asbestos in Schools
Infographic by Spencers Solicitors

Five Interesting Facts About Asbestos and the Navy [Infographic]

Five Interesting Facts About Asbestos and the Navy [Infographic]
1. 33% of those diagnosed with mesothelioma have been shown to involve military or shipyard exposures.
2. U.S. Navy Veterans Have the Highest Incidence of Asbestos-Related Disease.
3. Professions with highest risk of exposure include: Machinist’s Mate, Engineman, Boiler Technician, and Gas Turbine Technician.
4. The USS Enterprise has an on-board team of eight to 10 people that isolate and remove asbestos whenever it is found on the ship.
5. Asbestos use in the U.S. military continued well into the 1970s.


The infographic below was created by Sokolove Law and provides you with even more facts about asbestos in the Navy.

10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]

10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]
The word “asbestos” comes from a Greek word that means “inextinguishable”. Here are 10 historical facts about asbestos we thought may interest you.
1. Asbestos was mined as early as 5,000 BC in Finland, Sweden, Greece, and Cyprus.
2. Asbestos is first described in 300 BC by Greek philosopher, Theophrastus.
3. Health effects of asbestos were first noted in the 12th Century by Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder.
4. Roman Emperor Charlemagne is rumored to have tablecloth made of asbestos. In 814 he dies of pleurisy, an inflammation of the lung membranes.
5. In 1727 asbestos becomes a popular material used for building.
6. Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini crafts fireproof clothing from asbestos in 1820.
7. In 1878, the first commercial asbestos mine opens in North America: Jeffery Mine in Asbestos, Quebec.
8. In 1908, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is passed to protect railroad workers from injuries, including asbestos exposure.
9. The first recorded case of asbestosis is documented in 1924.
10. The first major asbestos lawsuit occurs in 1973, acting as a catalyst for 25,000 more lawsuits over the next decade
The infographic below was created by Sokolove Law and provides you with even more historical facts about asbestos.