Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Advised to Test Fire Curtains for Asbestos Hazards | WebWire

Fire curtains, also referred to as safety curtains, are a fire safety device used in theaters and auditoriums. Modern fire curtains are often made of fiberglass or iron, but in the past they were typically made with asbestos due to the minerals unique fire resistant properties of being non-flammable and non-combustible.
 
Unfortunately, many original fire curtains that contain asbestos can still be found in buildings. Earlier this year there were news reports about theaters in New Hampshire and Connecticut that were replacing asbestos-containing fire curtains with new curtains that did not contain the carcinogenic fibers. Just last year, an auditorium at a university in South Carolina had to be temporarily closed after asbestos was discovered following an annual test of the facility’s fire curtain found asbestos fibers on the stage and not surprisingly in the material used in the fire curtain itself.

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Grandma who died from asbestos exposure lost SEVEN relatives to same condition – Examiner Live

A great-grandmother, who died from exposure to asbestos, lost seven relatives following their exposure to the deadly insulation material.

Celia Brackenbury, 82, died in August from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.

An inquest, at Wakefield Coroner’s Court earlier this month, concluded that Ms Brackenbury, from Liversedge , had died from industrial disease.

Before her death Ms Brackenbury had lost seven relatives, including a brother, uncles and a nephew, to conditions linked to asbestos, her solicitors Irwin Mitchell said.

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EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | TheHill

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official said the agency may ban asbestos near the end of the year.

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said the agency will complete its risk assessment of asbestos within the three years set out by Congress by the end of 2019.   

“If there is any unreasonable risk, the EPA will regulate, and our regulation could take the form of a ban,” Dunn told The Hill.

While asbestos is not widely used in the U.S., some products that contain asbestos are imported into the U.S. for the manufacture other products, including chlorine, some automotive parts, and in the oil drilling process.

But the dangers of asbestos have long been documented: the carcinogen causes illnesses like lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

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Russia to produce non-hazardous asbestos for Sri Lanka – #somethingsmellsfishy

Apr 12, Colombo: Russia has decided to introduce new non-hazardous form of asbestos to Sri Lanka which is more environmental friendly, according to the Government Information Department.

Visiting Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation Sergey. A. Kraevoy apprised Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne of this decision during a discussion in Colombo recently.

Ambassador to the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka Yuri Borisovich Materiy, Health Ministry Secretary Wasantha Perera and Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe were present at the discussion.

This new form of asbestos has reportedly been produced to suit the climatic condition of the country.

 

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Asbestos disease expert wins right to obtain information held on him by lobbyist | The BMJ

A leading expert on asbestos related cancers has won a landmark Data Protection Act claim at the High Court against a lobbyist who accused him of giving fraudulent evidence in court cases and tried to get him struck off the medical register.1

Robin Rudd, a consultant physician specialising in respiratory diseases and cancer, has spent 35 years giving expert evidence in cases in which claimants have sought damages for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and pleural disease allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos.

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Fly-tippers dump toxic gas cylinders and asbestos on remote track – Wigan Today

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Fire crews have responded with fury after fly-tippers dumped a huge quantity of toxic substances on a remote track in Wigan. Emergency services were called to a massive pile of gas cylinders, including ones filled with acetylene, and sheets of asbestos ablaze on Maple Avenue in Hindley.

Read more at: https://www.wigantoday.net/news/fly-tippers-dump-toxic-gas-cylinders-and-asbestos-on-remote-track-1-9697805

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In Asbest, Russia, Making Asbestos Great Again – The New York Times

ASBEST, Russia — Sniped at for decades by health advocates, Russia’s doggedly defiant producer of asbestos — a substance banned as a killer by more than 60 countries — thinks it has perhaps finally found the perfect figure for a campaign to rehabilitate the product’s deeply stained image: President Trump.

“Trump is on our side,” said Vladimir V. Kochelayev, chairman of the board of Uralasbest, one of the world’s few remaining producers of asbestos, citing what he said were reports that the Trump administration was easing restrictions on asbestos use.

Contractor pleads guilty to mishandling asbestos in Alexandria affordable housing – The Washington Post

Five years after residents in Alexandria’s largest affordable-housing complex were exposed to asbestos during renovations, the contractor hired to deal with the problem has pleaded guilty to violating the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Paul Potter, 76, acknowledged in Alexandria federal court that when performing asbestos removal at Old Town’s two Hunting Point towers in 2014 he did not hire accredited workers or have a trained supervisor on site.

Defense attorney Cary Greenberg said Potter believed he cou

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Brothers accused of risking lives in asbestos removal

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities say two brothers who risked workers’ health through the illegal removal of asbestos from a property they owned have been ordered to pay fines and perform community service.

Thirty-five-year-old Rezart Rakaj and 39-year-old Kliton Rakaj were sentenced Monday in New Haven for offenses related to the illegal removal of asbestos at a New Haven property in 2015. Both were ordered to serve one year of probation, pay a $9,500 fine, and perform 50 hours of community service.

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Cowboy roofer fly-tipped asbestos in residential Preston street – Lancashire Evening Post

Deadly asbestos containing rubbish was dumped around a Preston neighbourhood in black bin bags, a court case has revealed. The alarming revelation came as roofer James Young, 52, pleaded guilty to a charge of depositing controlled waste without a permit.

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/news/crime/cowboy-roofer-fly-tipped-asbestos-in-residential-preston-street-1-9669422

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