Internal documents show that J&J talcum powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that the company kept that information from regulators and the public. Read the full story

Prior to the early 1980’s, asbestos use was common among builders in the United States.   Asbestos is an effective insulator and, when mixed with materials like paper, cloth, and cement, a strengthener- hence its popularity in construction. These properties made asbestos desirable and profitable for businesses, but builders quickly discovered that the fibers from…

Although it is legal in many states, homeowners or other non-professionals should not attempt to remove or alter asbestos-containing materials (ACM) on their own. A licensed asbestos abatement professional should ALWAYS assess the area and take care of any removal or disturbance. This is where we come in. The legal definition of asbestos abatement is…

Telegram & Gazette – Article Here WORCESTER – The cost and scope of the project to repair Union Station’s exterior stucco has grown because of work needed to correct construction flaws made when the building was renovated nearly two decades ago. For one, asbestos was discovered under the building’s stucco that was not properly abated…

The EPA’s latest news on asbestos has a lot of people nervous The carcinogen is banned in 55 countries, but not here. Popular Science: Asbestos is arguably one of the most well-known cancer-causing agents, and one that the Environmental Protection Agency has been trying to regulate on and off for decades. The toxic construction material,…

From Washinton Post July 11, 2018 (See article): A Russian asbestos company that operates a giant mine in the Ural Mountains is marketing its wares with President Trump’s image, according to photos it posted on social media, citing former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt as well as Trump’s outspoken support for the carcinogen. The company Uralasbest…

Starting in the 1970s, the government developed regulations that were designed to protect construction workers from harmful health risks associated with the materials involved in asbestos construction. Today, most construction sites where asbestos is known to be present should be monitored daily for levels of asbestos in the work environment. However, companies often do not…

How to Check and What to do if Asbestos is Found Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. Some newer houses may also contain asbestos….

Schools Required to Inspect Asbestos Products for Hazards Until the early 1970s, almost every school was constructed with asbestos-containing products. Asbestos was part of floor and ceiling tiles, acoustical plaster, pipe insulation, and fireproofing materials. Cold-weather states employed vast amounts of the material in school insulation systems. As the hazards of asbestos became better known,…

Construction workers are one of the highest at-risk groups in terms of exposure to asbestos. All buildings constructed between the early 1920s and the late 1980s are presumed to harbor asbestos and products that contain asbestos in walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, pipes, HVAC, boiler rooms and more. It is estimated that more than 1 million…

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