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)
Further Reading
Mandatory Saskatchewan Registry for Asbestos Passes
Why is Asbestos a Health Hazard?
Can You Get Mesothelioma from Attending School?
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?
10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic]
Renovating? Read This Message From Our President!

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

Good News for US Military Families

Good News for US Military Families
“Every single mold growing in there was high concentrated, you had staff in there that had mold growing on their clothes, on their suits, on their military uniforms, their hats,” said Brown.”
“It hurts very much that they knew this was going on, and with that information, refused to share it with us,” said Tracy Brown, a counselor at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program, also known as SARP, located for almost 30 years inside building J-50.
“There is a common business axiom, and that is to inspect what you expect, and we all expect completely adequate housing that is clean and safe.” (Congressman Scott Rigell)
Since April, 2012, Got Mold? has been tracking the issue of mold in the military and reporting the news cases in Mold in the News. In addition, we have tried to increase public awareness of this issue by researching and writing specific articles we post to our blog:
1. Mold in the Military Update
2. Got Mold? Actively Engaging School Boards and the Military
3. Does the Military Really Care About Mold?
On April 18th, 2012, WKTR reported that Congressman Scott Rigell proposed new legislation, Military Housing Oversight and Accountability Act, that will mandate the military to step in and watch over the maintenance and upkeep of both old and new housing. Well it appears, that Congressman Rigel’s efforts were well worth it.

The legislation was passed earlier this year and requires each branch of the military to report to Congress twice a year on the financial health of each housing partnership, how money is being spent, and if there is a backlog of maintenance requests.
For military families living with mold issues this is a great relief.
“Obviously if a bill was introduced and signed into law, we’ve got someone in our corner. Someone actually listened to us,” said Angela Walker, one of many military wives dealing with mold issues.
“You felt like there was no hope, that nobody was listening. It was us, up against these big companies, and they were winning. Now I’m really happy there is a law helping us.”
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that this new law will ensure the health and safety of military families. My sincere hope is the Canadian government and other government’s around the world will follow the lead of this new American initiative.

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.