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Despite Ban, Asbestos Still Getting into Australia in Imports

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that even though the country banned asbestos in 2004, some imported building products containing the mineral are slipping through Australian borders. The country’s construction union has reported to the senate that construction materials like insulation with asbestos and other dangerous materials are getting in...

Think Asbestos is Banned in the U.S.? Better Think Again.

Given the dangers associated with asbestos exposure, one would think that lawmakers would completely ban this dangerous material in the United States. Unfortunately, however, that is not the case - not by a long shot. In fact, while the dangers of asbestos have been known for years, you can still...

Asbestos a Silent Danger in Our Schools

As U.S. children head back to school after winter break, too many of them will be returning to school buildings that contain asbestos. Unfortunately, it is well documented that aging schools present the risk of asbestos exposure to students, teachers, administrators, janitors and maintenance personnel. Historically, many of the building...

U.S. Still Allows Asbestos in Many Products

Many people logically assume that since the deadly health dangers of asbestos exposure are known, it must be banned in the U.S. This is a misconception. In reality, despite the high risks to human health, our government still allows the mineral in several products and uses. Failed Attempt at U.S....

Canada Announces National Asbestos Ban by 2018

Last week, four federal ministers - those of health, science, environment and public procurement - announced at a press conference in Ottawa that the federal government would ban asbestos and products containing the deadly mineral by 2018. Canada will join more than 50 other countries who have already banned asbestos,...