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Monday, May 30, 2011

Future Environment Designs Sponsors Stachybotrys Public Outreach Video Link

Stachybotrys Charturum on Sheetrock
Future Environment Designs is proud to sponsor this Public Outreach Video on Stachybotrys Charturum.  The video was designed to help the public have a better understanding of this fungi and the mycotoxin it may produce. We hope you enjoy it and it assists you better understand stachybotrys charturum.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Daily Show Exposes Asbestos Hypocrisy in Quebec Canada

Open-pit Mine Asbestos Quebec
As discussed in the May Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) newsletter, the Daily Show did a segment called "Ored to Death" by Herman Hamilton.  The segment is a tongue-in-cheek segment about the reopening of the mine in Asbestos, Quebec.  That is correct as we have discussed here previously the mine in Asbestos Canada that mines chryosilte asbestos is being reopened as a closed-pit mine versus the open-pit mine it used to be.  The asbestos they will be mining will be shipped to India where according to the Bernard Coulombe, executive director of the Jeffrey mine, the people of India are used to pollution and they know how to use it safely.  After seeing the video of the workers in India using the asbestos, we trying to determine if the bandanas they have in that country are HEPA-filtered.  If you love comedy about serious things you will love this video.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mesothelioma Early Detection Test Shows Promise

"About" reported on April 8, 2011 that researchers from New York University Langone Medical Center presented promising research this week on a new diagnostic test designed to identify mesothelioma at an early stage.  Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lung or abdomen associated with breathing asbestos dust.  Because the diagnosis is difficult, the asbestos-related cancer often goes undetected until it has reached an advanced stage, limiting patients’ treatment options.  The NYU cancer researchers used a a new diagnostic blood assay test to identify proteins secreted by malignant mesothelioma tumors.  Developed by the biotechnology company SomaLogic Inc., the test measures protein biomarkers found in the blood.  Using the simple blood test, the NYU researchers identified 19 biomarkers associated with malignant mesothelioma.  The aim is to detect mesothelioma early enough to allow for effective treatments, and improve survival rates and the quality of life for patients with mesothelioma.
Malignant Mesothelioma, coronal CT scan. Legen...
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In a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, the research team, led by NYU cardiothoracic surgeon Harvey Pass, reported comparing 170 blood samples from 90 patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and 80 patients who had been exposed to asbestos, but who had not been diagnosed with cancer.  Using the protein detection assay, the researchers detected 15 of 19 cases of stage 1 or stage 2 malignant pleural mesothelioma.
With approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year in the U.S., and researchers estimating the disease would not peak for another 20 years.  Discovering a better method for diagnosing the disease would hopefully lead to better treatments and improvements in survival rates.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

OSHA at 40

Logo for the United States Occupational Safety...Image via WikipediaOn April 28, 1971 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that was signed by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970.  Last month, OSHA celebrated it's 40th anniversary/birthday by creating a webpage with a timeline documenting OSHA's 40 years, a video discussing OSHA successes over 40 years, and Assistant Secretary David Michael's presentation to mark its anniversary at the public forum hosted by the Center for American Progress.  From this presentation came the following quote: "OSHA doesn't kill jobs, it stops jobs from killing workers."   It is an important quote and their are enough statistics that support this statement.  If employers get serious about safety, productivity increases, workmen's compensation costs decrease, and employers become more competitive.
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Asbestos Dangers Crop Up In Japan's Disaster

OTSUCHI, JAPAN - MARCH 14:  In this handout im...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeOur prayers go out to Japan in the aftermath of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami, including the swamped nuclear reactor that has leaked radiation.  However, like most disasters the tragedy doesn't end after the disaster.  The next phase of the disaster is handling the devastion that has occurred and try to handle this in the most productive and safe manner possible.   As the MSNBC report, "Japan Disaster's Other Hidden Danger: Asbestos," indicates activitists have found asbestos, the cancer-causing fibrous mineral, in the air and debris collected from the devastated northeastern coast of Japan.  As we clean-up from these disasters it has become more important to ensure the safety of the clean-up workers and those near the area of the disaster from being exposed to the various environmental hazards that occur after a disaster.  Asbestos, lead, mercury, silica, volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, and dioxin are just a few of the various chemicals that these workers could be exposed to.  Though Japan is overwhelmed with enormity of the task ahead of them and needless to say the nuclear reactor leak is extremely serious.  We hope they learn the lessons we seem unable to learn (mistakes made during the World Trade Center, Katrina, and Gulf-oil spill clean-ups) regarding the importance of ensuring the occupational health (illness prevention) of the clean-up workers.  The proper use of respirators (including fit testing and training), proper decontamination of workers before they go home to their families, and the proper use of dust control practices during demolition and construction work to reduce dust emissions all should be standard practice for clean-up activities after a disaster.
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Monday, May 02, 2011

First Quebec, Now Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean asbestos mine King Mine, Mashava, f...Image via WikipediaIn a previous posting we discussed that the Quebec government had decided to back the loan that would reopen the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos Canada.  This loan would allow the mine to begin mining asbestos again and exporting it to countries like India.  Now in the following article "Zimbabwe in bid to revive asbestos mines" in the English version of the People's Daily Online (China), we find out that Zimbabwe intends on doing the same thing for two of their mines (Shabanie and Mashava).  These mines used to produce about 180,000 tons of asbestos fibers per year.  According to this article, Zimbabwe has been spending millions of dollars on fiber imports from Russia and Brazil.  Seems to me, that Zimbabwe is tired of importing asbestos when they could be mining it.
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Chrysotile Asbestos Banned? More Like Certain Conditions of Use Will Be Eventually Banned!

Many of you, as did I, read about the " Ban of Chrysotile Asbestos " and rejoiced over something long overdue.  However, after rea...