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ASBESTOS

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ASBESTOS
Asbestos.........the hidden killer
What is Asbestos....
a mineral fiber that is found in rocks and soil, then processed and made into manufactured goods
Where does Asbestos come from...
asbestos has been known about for centuries, but was not mined until the 20th century
largest mine deposits are found in South Africa, Canada, and other areas of the world
asbestos is mined in large-like chunks and then processed into fibrous dust that is used in making manufactured goods
April 2014
Cyrina Allen
Asbestos is NOT BANNED and is still used in several manufactured goods
a known human carcinogen (a substance known to cause cancer), and main factor in other lung diseases
it can take 10 to 40 years from exposure for signs of asbestos-related diseases
EVERYONE is exposed at some time in their life
National Cancer Institute. (2009). Asbestos exposures and cancer risk. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/
there are several types including chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite asbestos, anthophyllite asbestos, actinolite asbestos
Statistics from: United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2014c). Learn about asbestos. Retrieved from http://www2.epa.gov/
Photo from: City of Albuquerque. (2013) What to do if you find asbestos. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.cabq.gov/
Photo from: Syndicat Agriculture Union. (2011) Asbestos-A hidden workplace killer. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.agrunion.com/

Maxwell, N. (2014b). Understanding environmental health, how we live in the world: Producing manufactured goods. (pp. 211-213) Jones and Bartlett Learning. Burlington, MA.

Images from: United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2014c). Learn about asbestos. Retrieved from http://www2.epa.gov/
What products is asbestos found in?
new construction homes today aren't built with asbestos-made products
many older homes and buildings (including schools) were built with asbestos-made products
asbestos materials are found throughout refinery workplaces
walls
ceilings
furnaces
pipes
flooring
insulation
shingles
IN BUILDINGS AND HOMES
Photos from: United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2014b). Protect your family from asbestos-contaminated vermiculite insulation. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www2.epa.gov/ and Blinds Chalet. (2012) The dangers of asbestos exposure during home renov. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.blindschalet.com/
Maxwell, N. (2014a). Understanding environmental health, how we live in the world: Living in the world we’ve made.(pp.329) Jones and Bartlett Learning. Burlington, MA
OTHER PLACES TO FIND ASBESTOS
Automobiles
clutches
brakes
gaskets
seals
Heat-resistant fabrics

Amity Environmental Inc. (2014). Where might asbestos be in the home? Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.amityenvironmental.ca/
Fire retardants
Packaging
Paper goods
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2014c). Learn about asbestos. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www2.epa.gov/
Photo from: WE Solicitors. (2011). Manufacturing mesothelioma in the motor industry. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://asbestosvictimadvice.com/
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2014c). Learn about asbestos. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www2.epa.gov/
Take the time and do the research to make sure about home projects and disposal of possible asbestos products.
Health risks associated with
asbestos exposure....

Mesothelioma
Asbestosis

Lung cancers
most serious of asbestos-related diseases
aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen
no cure, only treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery to remove tumors
-although mesothelioma is still rare with between 2,500 and 3,000 cases per year, it is fatal; yet preventable just as the other diseases related to asbestos exposure

-unlike many other environmental health issues, it only takes one exposure to develop health problems from asbestos
Sources: Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. (2014). Mesothelioma cancer. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. (2008). Asbestos: Health effects. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/,
not cancer, but a serious, long-term fibrotic lung disease that is highly debilitating
irritation and inflammation from asbestos fibers causes the scarring of lung tissue
scarring brings difficulty of breathing, affecting oxygen/carbon dioxide transport
slow progression as the disease doesn't usually show signs till 10-20 years after initial exposure

Picture of lung tissue in asbestosis from http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/asbestos/health_effects/
malignant tumors that invade the lung
air passages can become obstructed
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. (2014). Mesothelioma cancer. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/
Mesothelioma tumors from http://newyorkmesotheliomalawyer.us/category/mesothelioma-info/page/6
Photo from Top to Bottom Inspections. (2005). Asbestos inspection. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.toptobottominspections.com/
Christopher Morgan's Story
http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/videos/cmorganshort.htm
To put it into perspective....
Who is at risk of exposure
What workers of these jobs should know....
all workers have the right to a safe workplace environment
OSHA has a confidential consultation service that is free to determine workplace hazards
complaints can also be filed with OSHA to initiate an inspection
1-800-321-OSHA or https://www.osha.gov/ for information
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/
asbestos milling or mining workers
shipbuilders
insulation and construction workers
firefighters
reconstruction builders
mechanics and other automotive workers
textile and manufactures of asbestos products
volunteers and citizens involved in rescuing those involved with building accidents
asbestos removal workers
National Cancer Institute. (2009). Asbestos exposures and cancer risk. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/
If you have concerns of your workplace do not hesitate to contact officials, such as OSHA or the EPA....it effects not only you, but those all around.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has developed programs and sites all over the United States to help with removal and disposing of asbestos products.
Visit
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/asbestos/
for more information.
EPA
Superfund
Laws and Regulations of Asbestos
There are several laws and regulations developed to help reduce exposure and health-related issues of asbestos.

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
The Asbestos Information Act (AIA)
Asbestos Worker Protection Rule
Underground Mines: exposure limits, engineering controls, and respiratory protection measures for workers in underground mines ◦30 CFR part 57, subpart D
•Asbestos General Standard—Specification of permissible exposure limits, engineering controls, worker training, labeling, respiratory protection, and disposal of asbestos waste ◦29 CFR 1910.1001
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2014a). Asbestos laws and regulations. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www2.epa.gov/
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. (2014). Mesothelioma cancer. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/
Something to think about....
Be Prepared!!!!
You
Coworkers
Your family
Customers or the general public
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