World Asbestos Report News

Archives: September 2012

September 27, 2012 -- Illegal asbestos dumping becoming more rampant in UK

The act of illegally dumping asbestos and other waste materials - known in the UK as fly-tipping - is becoming a major concern for regions throughout England.

September 27, 2012 -- Asbestos handling at Australian building site draws criticism

The handling of asbestos at a construction site in Canberra, Australia, has reportedly been called into question by a construction union, which wants the site to be shut down.

September 24, 2012 -- Former power station worker's death linked to asbestos exposure

In the developed world, recognition of the dangers of asbestos exposure has led many industries to curb their use of the hazardous material. However, because diseases related to this danger have such a long latency period, the number of individuals who have illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma continues to rise.

September 24, 2012 -- Former prison worker's death a consequence of asbestos exposure

Industrial use of asbestos was common before it was widely recognized as a risk factor for deadly diseases such as malignant mesothelioma. However, by the time that employers recognized the health hazard posed by the material, it may have been too late. Illnesses caused by asbestos exposure can take decades to develop, even after an individual ceases having contact with the mineral.

September 20, 2012 -- Asbestosis is a problem for miners in India

Although most developed countries recognize asbestos exposure as a health hazard, mining for the mineral is still active in nations such as India. Recently, 10 of 87 former miners in India were diagnoses with asbestosis, as reported by the Times of India.

September 20, 2012 -- Family of five sisters to raise funds for mesothelioma charity

After an individual dies from a disease such as malignant mesothelioma, his or her family and friends may feel motivated to find an extraordinary way to honor their loved one. In the U.K., a family from Frome will host an activities day in memory of their father in order to raise money for an organization whose work focuses on mesothelioma, as reported by This is Somerset.

September 18, 2012 -- UK resident: Children playing with asbestos in park

A concerned resident of Carlton, England, says that children have been playing with asbestos-containing materials in a local park, the Retford Trader & Guardian reports.

September 17, 2012 -- Canada drops objection to asbestos hazard listing

The Canadian government no longer opposes an international asbestos listing as hazardous, Reuters reports.

September 17, 2012 -- Asbestos to be removed from site near Australian national park

The renowned Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park in Australia's Northern Territory will reportedly undergo asbestos abatement work after a federal study identified the carcinogenic material on the site of the former Uluru Motel.

September 13, 2012 -- Asbestos tied to former UK iron worker's death

The siblings of a UK man who passed away in February after falling at a nursing home were reportedly surprised to learn that asbestos exposure was a major factor in his death, the Ilkeston Advertiser reports.

September 12, 2012 -- Traditional Indian medicine may be effective against mesothelioma

The medical community is facing several challenges in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Not only does the median survival time following diagnosis remain relatively low despite treatment, but incidence of the disease is projected to increase during the next 10 years.

September 11, 2012 -- Volunteer Scout leader from Gloucestershire dies from malignant mesothelioma

A coroner from Gloucestershire in the U.K. concluded that 56-year-old Richard Buxton died from malignant mesothelioma, as reported by This is Gloucestershire. The condition was most likely the result of occupational asbestos exposure, deputy coroner David Dooley said.

September 10, 2012 -- Eternit asbestos book launched in Brazil as fight continues around the world

Just one day before the Brazilian Supreme Court held its second hearing on the topic of banning asbestos in the country, a book detailing the events of one of the most significant asbestos cases in the world was distributed.

September 5, 2012 -- International cancer advocacy group demands reduction in asbestos exposure

Medical experts from all over the world recognize that asbestos exposure is the leading cause of fatal diseases such as malignant mesothelioma. With that in mind, the Union for the International Control of Cancer (UICC) called for a global ban on the mining, use and export of this mineral, as reported by the Rideau Institute in Canada.