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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,...

Seattle Asbestos-Removal Company Fined for Regulatory Violation

When asbestos is discovered in a building, people are warned to never attempt removal themselves, but rather to hire a state-licensed asbestos-removal or asbestos-abatement company to do the work safely, professionally and according to legal requirements. Unfortunately for customers, the company's workers and others on the impacted premises, a Washington...

3 Asbestos Questions, Answered

1. How is asbestos a hazard? Asbestos comes in many forms. In fact, it's in over 3,000 products. All forms are essentially bad for us. Asbestos is a variety of six minerals. It comes from metaphoric rock and is mined. The microscopic makeup of asbestos is a fibers or fibrous...