Year: 2016

Asbestos in Children’s Toys

Asbestos in Children’s Toys Decades ago, when one thought of asbestos, it was generally associated with its many uses and versatility. Asbestos was heavily used throughout the 20th century in America and around the world because of its unique fire resistant properties and its abundance that made it so affordable. Insulation, pipe covering, roof and floor […]

The Effects of Secondhand Exposure

The Effects of Secondhand Exposure The carcinogenic qualities of asbestos have affected hard working individuals who worked in industrial, chemical, electrical, and other trade settings for decades. Airborne asbestos fibers, once inhaled, can lead to many asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. What many may not know is the increase in secondhand […]

Top 5 Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

Top 5 Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure One of the most common forms of asbestos exposure is occupational, rather than environmental. Its durability, affordability, and fire-resistant qualities made it a “jack-of-all-trades” material that could be used in many lines of work.  Certain occupations were more at risk than others during the rise of the […]

Progress In The Fight To Ban Asbestos

Progress In The Fight To Ban Asbestos The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward in accordance with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and naming asbestos, as well as nine other chemicals the first that will come under review for new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation. In June 2016, President […]

Elder Abuse: A Growing Problem in the United States?

Elder Abuse: A Growing Problem in the United States? A study done by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee reported that the percentage of nursing homes cited for violations has increased every year since 1996. A startling 30% of nursing homes were cited for nearly 9,000 instances of abuse over only […]

Determining If There Is Asbestos In Your Home

Determining If There Is Asbestos In Your Home If your home was built before 1980, then your home may contain asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used throughout the 20th century in household building materials such as roofing, siding, insulation, flooring and much more.  As asbestos lawsuits accrued and the dangers of asbestos became known, the carcinogen ceased […]

Asbestos Use Dates Back to 2400 B.C.

Asbestos Use Dates Back to 2400 B.C. While asbestos use is heavily regulated in the United States and illegal in most other countries, there was a time when the asbestos industry prospered and many homes, buildings, and products contained some type of asbestos material. Many homes and buildings built before 1980 contain the fire-retardant material […]

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