Occupational Diseases

How Asbestos Shingles Started and Why They are so Dangerous

How Asbestos Shingles Started and Why They are so Dangerous When asbestos was considered a safe material, it was used in many different products because of its strength and insulating properties. One man, Lutwig Hatscheck, purchased an asbestos factory in 1893, and in 1900 invented asbestos cement. He was then able to patent the product […]

The Difference between COPD and Asbestosis

The Difference between COPD and Asbestosis COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease obstructing airflow from the lungs. It is caused by irritating gases and particulate matter, which is usually cigarette smoke. The two biggest contributors to COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is caused by inflammation of the lining of […]

Funding Needed for Lung Cancer Awareness and Research – How You Can Help

Funding Needed for Lung Cancer Awareness and Research – How You Can Help As November draws to a close, so does Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about this devastating cancer that affects hundreds of thousands of people annually. For a cancer than claims more lives than breast, colon, and […]

Ongoing Legislative Efforts to Ban Asbestos in the United States

Ongoing Legislative Efforts to Ban Asbestos in the United States In 2016, The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was reformed after the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed by President Obama, to enforce a more thorough assessment of harmful chemicals by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the new chemical […]

Asbestos Insulation

Asbestos Insulation Before people knew about the dangers of asbestos, asbestos was known as this “miracle mineral,” used in a myriad of ways. From fire and sound proofing, to caulking and brake linings, the mineral’s heat resistant qualities, high tensile strength, and abundance made it a popular building material in the mid-20th century. Its numerous application […]

Allegheny County Asbestos ExposureAllegheny County Asbestos Exposure

Allegheny County Asbestos Exposure In 2013, the EWG Action Fund reported that out of all the counties in Pennsylvania, Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania had the highest number of asbestos-related deaths from 1999-2013, and the highest number of asbestos-related deaths per year. Pennsylvania is one of six states that have asbestos-related death rates higher than […]

Asbestos Exposure Among Navy, Air Force, and Army Veterans

Asbestos Exposure Among Navy, Air Force, and Army Veterans From naval ships, to aircraft carriers, to army barracks, asbestos use remained the popular building material for nearly 50 years in the military, which resulted in asbestos exposure among thousands upon thousands of military personnel. Its widespread use in this industry, coupled with the long latency […]

Naturally Occurring Asbestos, A Non-Occupational Threat

Naturally Occurring Asbestos, A Non-Occupational Threat While mesothelioma is largely an occupational disease, some cases can be attributed to exposure from the environment – after all, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Asbestos can be found naturally throughout the United States, but some parts of the country contain more of these tiny carcinogenic fibers than others. While […]

Asbestos Exposure After A Natural Disaster

Asbestos Exposure After A Natural Disaster Asbestos was a popular building material with widespread use throughout much the of mid-20thcentury. It found its way into millions of homes and by 1980, floor tiles, pipe insulation, block insulation, roofing, ceiling tile, taping compounds, cement, and plasters all contained the deadly carcinogen. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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