Current Asbestos Use in the US & Why It’s Not Banned

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once lauded for its versatility, strength and fire-resistant properties.

It is also toxic, responsible for 3,000 malignant mesothelioma cases a year.

More than 50 countries ban asbestos, but the construction and manufacturing industries in the U.S. continue using it.

The U.S. is among the few major industrialized countries that hasn’t entirely banned asbestos in all of its forms.

While highly regulated, it continues to be used in gaskets, friction products, roofing materials, fireproofing materials and hundreds of consumer products as long as it accounts for less than one percent of the product. Read more

Veterans and Asbestos Help

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdomen that is caused by exposure to asbestos. In over 30% of all mesothelioma cases, asbestos exposure happened during military service. Veterans from all branches of service are at risk, with the most common being the United States Navy and the Marines. There are a variety of mesothelioma treatments available, as well as doctors in the VA system who are capable of treating it. For more information, check out https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org. Read more

Asbestos: Top Four Myths vs. Realities

Asbestos was once very widely used, and is probably around more today than most people think. Prior to the early 1980s, however, the hazardous mineral could be found at just about any industrial job site in the nation, and a myriad of products made at these sites were shipped to homes and businesses across the nation. Although a lot of this ended with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strict regulations in the late 1970s, there are still a lot of myths about asbestos circulating around.
 
Myth #1 Asbestos is Completely Banned
 

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Asbestos Vermiculite

Asbestos Containing Vermiculite Insulation

Does Your Property Contain Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation?

Vermiculite has been a popular type of insulation in homes and commercial properties for many years. Unfortunately, a lot of the vermiculite that was used to insulate American buildings in the twentieth century was eventually discovered to be contaminated with asbestos.

Dealing with asbestos contaminated vermiculite is a difficult job that requires a DFW asbestos removal professional. In some cases the affected material must be removed, and in other cases it may be best to leave it where it is while following certain precautions. Read more

Tests Find Asbestos in Kids’ Crayons, Crime Scene Kits | Asbestos Nation – EWG Action Fund

IS ASBESTOS IN YOUR CHILDREN’S TOYS?

asbestos crayons

Where are your child’s crayons? In a drawer, a shoebox, a backpack or an arts and crafts kit? Wherever they are, they’re probably among your child’s favorite playthings.

But a new study commissioned by EWG Action Fund found those crayons and other toys could contain a surprising–and highly toxic–substance that many Americans believe was banned decades ago: asbestos. Read more

Asbestos In UK Schools – The Real Threat To Our Children

 Asbestos in schools

It is believed that almost 90% of schools in the UK contain the deadly material asbestos, something which poses a significant threat to millions of children each year. Given that asbestos-related cancers alone cause more than 3,000 deaths in the UK, the release of statistics which showcase the potential level of exposure within schools is worrying.

UK based Asbestos Advice Helpline have recently produced an infographic, titled “Asbestos In UK Schools – The Real Threat To Our Children” which looks in-depth at not just the potential exposure risks of poorly managed asbestos but the effects which this can have upon children over forthcoming years.

When disturbed, asbestos releases deadly fibres into the air which, when breathed in, can, over a number of years, cause the development of diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural thickening. The worrying fact in schools is that much of this asbestos is badly managed and that the government’s stance on the matter is very much one of ‘manage not remove.’ Read more

Allegations About Asbestos Stir Controversy in Kilgore

There is no doubt in Brian Nutt’s mind that the bullet that ripped through the front door of his home on the Monday before Thanksgiving had something to do with his position at Kilgore College.

“I don’t believe in randomness in this situation,” he said this week. “I think it’s directly related to me being a trustee.”

Since he was elected to the college’s board last year, Nutt, the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship of Kilgore, has developed a reputation for aggressively questioning the status quo on issues, like how the college adheres to the state’s open meetings rules.

But tensions at the nearly 80-year-old community college reached new heights in mid-November when allegations surfaced that the school was in the habit of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos from its buildings.
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Potential Asbestos Hazards of Older Homes

Owning your first home, or moving into a new or pre-owned home may provide excitement and a new sense of comfort for your family, but families should be aware of the health hazards that accompany home ownership.

Look for Asbestos in Your Older Home

Homes built before the 1980’s have a much higher risk of being built with asbestos-containing materials. In fact, one of the leading areas of asbestos in homes comes from insulation and hot water pipes in older homes.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos is most commonly found in older homes in:

  • Attic and wall insulation
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics

Renovating or remodeling your home can release asbestos fibers in the air, exposing you and your family to the cancer-causing mineral. If you’re not sure if something is asbestos, assume it is until verified otherwise, suggests OregonState.edu.
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