• University of Mesothelioma
  • Asbestos in flasks – Flooding in from Asia
  • Asbestos in Ovens – Even at the BBQ
  • Is Asbestos Banned in the US?
  • Asbestos in Sky Lanterns

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Before banned in many nations, asbestos had already been widely used in building construction. This includes homes, factories, offices, public buildings and schools, more or less all types of buildings. The health hazards of asbestos is now recognized in many nations, so one might think that we are safe from asbestos exposure in most countries, including being safe from exposure in buildings containing asbestos. This is unfortunately not true. If…


Asbestos in flasks – Flooding in from Asia

Did you realize there could be asbestos in flasks holding your precious coffee, when pouring it in the cups of your family members? Probably not, we assume that consumer products bought in our home nations are free of asbestos. But, just like asbestos-containing sky lanterns make their way into nations with asbestos bans, the situation is even worse with thermoses having asbestos as a component. The asbestos is usually applied…


Asbestos in Ovens – Even at the BBQ

The common notion of asbestos today is that it was once used, then found being extremely dangerous and subsequently not used anymore. This might be true in some world nations, but what about the legacy of the asbestos already installed in various components in our older homes or in installatons in the vicinity of our older homes? Asbestos has gotten the attention as being mainly a hazard for workers exposed…

asbestos banned in the us

Is Asbestos Banned in the US?

Without further thought and study, the question “Is asbestos banned in the US?” might seem unnecessary. Of course it is banned, one might think. So what are the facts? On July 12, 1989, EPA issued a final rule banning most asbestos-containing products. BUT, in 1991, this regulation was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. As a result of the Court’s decision, only the following specific asbestos-containing…

asbestos in sky lanterns

Asbestos in Sky Lanterns

The main issue to look out for when purchasing a sky lantern is that there can be asbestos in sky lanterns. What are asbestos-containing products doing in retail stores you might ask? Well, an asbestos-contaning sky lantern on the shelf has most likely been imported from Asia, and slipped through into domestic markets. Also, asbestos in sky lanterns, cannot be detected by the standard EN71 tests because specific tests must be…


Asbestos in ships – In Every Harbour

For a number of reasons, asbestos in ships can present an increased risk of asbestos exposure. First, the use of asbestos in shipbuilding over the years has been unusually high, and has included a disproportionately large amount of blue and brown asbestos – the worst types. Second, some of the most dangerous asbestos application methods, such as spraying, have been particularly prevalent in ship construction, and these methods also increase…


Asbestos exposure after Maelbeek metro bombing

34 persons are confirmed dead after the Brussels bombings at the Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station. Hearts are broken for the men and woven that lost their lives in those horrific attacks. Innocent world citizens has once again been stricken by meaningless violence and death. Why must this happen?? Will the death toll rise? Not to forget, up to 270 persons were also injured in those attacks. But is this…


United states – Legal action

Allthough 55 nations have banned asbestos, the United States is not one of them. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are up to 3000 different types of commercial products in use in the US today that contain asbestos, such as building materials, brake pads and fire retardant materials. This means that a do-it-yourselfer may be exposed while doing home repair around the house. Exposure can also come from unlikely and…


Asbestos exposure doing home renovations

Home renovators exposed to asbestos in walls Just bought a an older house? Be sure to know that there is a high risk of asbestos exposure doing home renovations yourself. Yes, asbestos can often be a hidden killer in the old building materials. Asbestos is commonly present in older houses, and when demolishing, sanding, drilling, scraping or in any way disturbing those materials, asbestos fibers spread all over the room…


Why the Deadly Asbestos Industry Is Still Alive and Well

Despite irrefutable scientific evidence calling out the dangers of deadly asbestos, 2 million tons of the carcinogen are exported every year to the developing world, where it’s often handled with little to no regulation. For this episode of VICE Reports, correspondent Milène Larsson traveled to the world’s largest asbestos mine in the eponymous town of Asbest, Russia, to meet workers whose livelihoods revolve entirely around the dangerous mineral. Surprisingly, the risks…

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