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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 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…


Is Asbestos covered by insurance?

asbestos covered by insurance

In Sweden, asbestos was partially banned by 1976 followed by a complete ban in 1982. As in many other nations, workers in Sweden were exposed to substantial concentrations of asbestos at work before the bans. Many fell ill after the asbestos exposure and many still do. In Sweden it is very hard to sue for damages compared to the US, given the Swedish legal system. Instead, any compensation for victims with…


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…


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…


Asbestos welding rods

asbestos in welding rod

Welding rods are also known as welding electrodes. Welding rods create a fusion of two pieces of metal in the welding process; they reinforce the bond, making it more durable. Asbestos welding rods was once used, and the asbestos usually found as a part of the flux surrounding the rod itself. It was used to slow the burn of the flux, to keep it from igniting at higher amperage. The…


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…


Asbestos in childrens toys

asbestos in toys

Its one place you would not expect asbestos to be present, but there have been numerous reports of asbestos in childrens toys! Never heard of this? At times the statement that toys (especially crayons) could contain asbestos has been circulating the internet as a “hoax”, but it´s actually a fact. Read our entry on asbestos in childrens toys to learn more Asbestos in childrens toys was last updated March 31st,…