World Asbestos Report News
Archives: July 2012
July 31, 2012 -- In Italy, mesothelioma cases spike even as asbestos use hits zero
Banning asbestos use is a first step toward reducing the prevalence of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), but it isn't the only one. That's because, once the fiber has been made illegal, cases of the disease tend to increase for the next few decades before gradually tapering off.
July 30, 2012 -- Former British Rail worker nets asbestos compensation
A former employee with British Rail who served as an apprentice for five years and developed an asbestos-related illness has been awarded compensation from BRB Ltd., which oversees liabilities of the British Rail Board.
There are plenty of reasons to ban asbestos - not the least of which is that asbestos exposure can cause the lethal respiratory disease malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). But the Quebec government apparently doesn't accept the carcinogenic nature of the fiber, because it has just offered a $58 million loan to reopen the Jeffrey Mine, the world's largest asbestos source.
July 20, 2012 -- Asbestos discovery closes Australian ambulance station
A storage facility for ambulances in New South Wales, Australia, was closed down temporarily after asbestos was discovered while work was being conducted by contractors, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports.
July 17, 2012 -- In Ireland, mesothelioma rears its head
In certain nations, like the U.S., the annual number of mesothelioma cases can be inferred based on public health information and census data. Other countries, like Italy or Denmark, maintain nationwide registers of mesothelioma diagnoses, making their epidemiological numbers even more exact. But in plenty of developed regions, the number of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) cases is all but unknown.
July 17, 2012 -- Researcher discusses Canada's role in worldwide asbestos exposure
Like its neighbor to the south, Canada has yet to fully ban asbestos use. In fact, the country has only temporarily placed its asbestos mining industry - located exclusively in the province of Quebec - on hold, while public health authorities, private mining corporations and governmental leaders argue the merits and drawbacks of mining and exporting the toxic mineral.
Every credible public health authority agrees that asbestos exposure causes lung scarring, asbestosis and malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). The World Health Organization (WHO), which estimates that 125 million people are still exposed to asbestos each year, is adamant that the mineral must be banned worldwide. U.S. and Canadian health officials agree.
July 13, 2012 -- British zoo fined over asbestos disposal violations
England's Colchester Zoo has been fined £30,000 after reportedly violating regulations for safely disposing of asbestos-containing materials, the BBC reports.
July 12, 2012 -- Daughter of Canadian asbestos victim becomes advocate
The daughter of a Canadian man who passed away as a result of being exposed to asbestos during his working career has become an advocate for victims of asbestos-related illnesses, the Sarnia Observer reports.
A 77-year-old UK man passed away from mesothelioma decades after he was reportedly exposed to asbestos while working as a joiner at building yards, an inquest heard recently.
July 6, 2012 -- Memorial held for UK mesothelioma victims
The city of Plymouth, England, is currently holding a memorial for victims of the asbestos-related cancer malignant mesothelioma, the BBC reports.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is tightly linked to asbestos exposure, which is often occupational. But does contact with asbestos always occur on the job? According to a report released by the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a non-departmental public organization, the answer is yes, asbestos exposure is virtually always occupational in origin.
July 5, 2012 -- Buckingham Palace stuck with major asbestos issue
The Old Guard outside of Buckingham Palace may be a strong protector for the Queen, but unfortunately it was not enough to prevent the historic site from being riddled with dangerous asbestos.
July 2, 2012 -- Quebec government provides loan to revive asbestos mine
Seemingly choosing economics over the health and safety of its people, the Quebec government recently agreed to give the Jeffrey Mine a $58 million loan that will help to revive Canada's asbestos industry.
July 2, 2012 -- Expert predicts asbestos lawsuits in Jamaica
The Jamaican government and companies based in the island nation will likely begin to face asbestos lawsuits soon, according to one local expert and professor at the University of the West Indies (UWI).