February 20, 2019

Call to ban asbestos use and import, – a reply from Chrysotile Asbestos Cement Manufacturers Association

Call to ban asbestos use and import, – a reply from Chrysotile
Asbestos Cement Manufacturers Association

Anton Edema, the coordinator of Chrysotile Asbestos Cement
Manufacturers Association of Sri Lanka in a letter referring a to the
article “Call to Ban asbestos use and Import” (Sunday Observer Feb 1)

“It is regrettable to note a respectable Toxicologist without facts
or proper statistics pertain to Sri Lanka (or even India) voicing a
non-existing problem. Asbestos is a group of natural fibrous minerals
composed of silicates that exhibit particularly interesting
physiochemical properties such as flexibility and resistance to
traction, heat and chemical reactions. Because of these properties,
asbestos is used commercially and incorporated into numerous products
such as cement, asphalt, brake pads, etc. Asbestos fibres are divided in
to two large mineralogical groups: amphiboles (crocidolite, amosite,
tremolite, actiolite and anthophyllite, etc) and serpentines (which
include only CHRYSOTILE variety). Blue and Amphiboles are banned.

“Chrysotile asbestos fibre (composed mainly of magnesium and silica)
is the only variety of asbestos mined and produced now and is a great
reinforcing agent apart from having unquestionable technical
characteristics. Chrysotile variety of asbestos carries no measurable
risk to human health at exposure levels below 1 fibre / ml. This is
according to numerous epidemiological studies, some of them covering
periods of over 30 years.

“Chrysotile Asbestos in general environment; Fine fibres, invisible
to the eye, are present in the air and water in almost every region of
the globe. Hence all of us may be inhaling and also ingesting them
through drinking water every day. Some studies have shown that every
individual breathes in between 10,000 and 15,000 asbestos fibres each
day and drinks water containing between 200,000 to 2,000,000 fibres per
litre. Even developed nations such as USA and Canada have NOT banned
most of the asbestos containing materials (ACMs). USA still allows 28

“For more than 60 years Sri Lanka has imported Chrysotile asbestos
mainly from Canada and Russia for the use in asbestos cement roofing
sheets. It has done so following the strict control measures concerning
Safety in the use of chrysotile asbestos. During this time there has not
been a single proven case of adverse health impacts in Sri Lanka which
suggests that the risks from Chrysotile asbestos exposure are negligible
for workforce in asbestos cement industry as well as general public.”

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State high court to rule on suit by asbestos-worker's family

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Asbestos gone, St. Charles library ready to re-open

Article updated: 3/28/2014 5:43 PM

Asbestos gone, St. Charles library ready to re-open

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The St. Charles Public Library will reopen Saturday after closing for a week to handle an asbestos problem discovered during the course of renovations. Interior upgrades will continue for several more weeks as the library continues a process of using limited funds to adjust to community needs following rejection of an attempted tax increase in 2010.

New paint, furniture, light fixtures and computers are all parts of the renovation. But it was the addition of new carpeting in the reference desk area that spawned concerns about asbestos, library Director Pam Leffler said.


“There was an understanding that the tile in that area could have had (asbestos), but there’s always been carpeting on top,” she said. “Because of difficulties in removing the carpeting, there was concern some tile might start to pop up or break, thus releasing the asbestos into the air.”

The library closed its door for a week to remediate the problem. Officials gave the library the OK Friday morning for normal public use, but staff members spent the day doing some extra housekeeping so the building is as presentable as possible to the public. Leffler said the look and services of the library are the main focus now as library officials continue to contemplate the library’s next move. The 2010 tax increase would have expanded the size of the library and given staff more operating funds with which to work.

“When the referendum failed, the library board took a step back and said, ‘OK, the community isn’t in a position to support a big expansion. What do we do with the space that we have?’ ”

The decision was to give the library a facelift. More group and small study space were placed high on the list. Dropping some old programs in favor of new ones is the current and ongoing agenda.

“The community has obviously spoken, and we’re fine with that,” Leffler said. “We just have to take a look at what we’ve been doing and see how to provide some of the things people are asking for. It’s all a balancing act.”

The library, at 1 S. 6th Ave., is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m.

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KiwiRail train clearance 'premature' – RMTU

KiwiRail train clearance ‘premature’ – RMTU

Published: 7:26AM Tuesday March 18, 2014 Source: ONE News

  • More asbestos found in KiwiRail trains (Source: One News)

    More asbestos found in KiwiRail trains – Source: One News

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union says plans to return some KiwiRail trains that have tested positive for asbestos to service is premature.

Forty new DL locomotives were taken out of service after potentially harmful asbestos fibres were found in one of the Chinese-built trains last month.

However, tests have found the potentially deadly material is only present in five trains and KiwiRail says that due to the low risk of exposure to the toxic fibres, it will bring the trains back into service soon.

But Rail & Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson says there are still many questions about the asbestos tests that need answering.

“The first round of test results turned up negative for airborne asbestos fibres or asbestos dust. Now, the second ones are showing presence of asbestos in some locomotives,” says Mr Butson.

“We need to see a comparison between the first and second round of testing for each locomotive, in order to understand why some have gone from negative to positive.”

KiwiRail and union officials are meeting in Auckland today and tomorrow to discuss the results of a second round of testing for asbestos fibres

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    Locomotives return after asbestos scare

    Locomotives return after asbestos scare

    Published: 8:24PM Monday March 17, 2014 Source: ONE News

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      KiwiRail locomotives. – Source: ONE News

    KiwiRail is reassuring staff that the level of asbestos in its Chinese-built freight trains is minimal.

    Forty new DL locomotives have been tested for asbestos after toxic fibres were found inside one last month.

    The tests have found the potentially deadly material is only present in five trains in its fleet.

    KiwiRail maintains the risk of exposure to any airborne fibres is low so it will bring the trains back into service soon.

    It says it is in the process of removing the packing material where the asbestos was found in all of the locomotives before they are returned to service.

    The scare saw freight movement around the country limited as the locomotives underwent testing.

    Chief executive Peter Reidy says the lack of capacity is still causing supply chain issues for many industries and businesses.

    “The DL locomotives are the workhorse of our fleet and without their pulling power all customers are feeling the lack of capacity,” he said.

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      Asbestos Lawyer Discusses Asbestos & Smoking as Causes of Lung Cancer

      New York, NY (PRWEB) October 31, 2013

      Jerome H. Block, a nationally-recognized asbestos attorney and partner at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP (LPK), a renowned personal injury and wrongful death law firm, with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia, has recently published an article where he discusses the synergetic effect of having a history of asbestos exposure and smoking cigarettes.

      In his article, the asbestos lawyer references several studies conducted by top pulmonology experts where they found that asbestos workers were about 10 times more likely to develop lung cancer as compared to people who had not been exposed to asbestos*. He also comments on a 1986 OSHA study** that found that asbestos exposure contributes to almost 80% of lung cancer deaths even among workers who also smoked.

      According to Jerome Block, countless lung cancer victims and their family members are unaware of the dangerous connection between asbestos and smoking. If the victim had a long smoking history, the cause of the lung cancer is often erroneously written off as solely the result of the victim’s smoking history. Even in cases where the victim was a non-smoker, the family is often unaware of a possible asbestos connection and, by doing nothing, jeopardizes their right to pursue a legal action.

      Asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers at LPK have represented people in lung cancer and mesothelioma cases for more than 25 years and have obtained some of the largest jury verdicts and settlements in asbestos-related cases. The firm is experienced in lung cancer cases where both asbestos exposure and cigarette smoking were a cause. LPK is also one of the only asbestos litigation firms to have also won lung cancer cases against tobacco companies.

      Based on its track record of success, LPK was recently named the Plaintiff Product Liability Law Firm of the Year for 2013 by U.S. News and World Report.

      Asbestos lawyers at LPK are educated on the legal and medical aspects of lung cancer and mesothelioma, and use this expertise in the prosecution of such cases. To speak with an asbestos lawyer at LPK, call 24/7 at 1-800-637-6529 or submit an online inquiry at http://www.lpklaw.com. The firm provides FREE initial consultation and handles asbestos cases on a contingency basis.

      • Mortality from Lung Cancer in Asbestos Workers by Richard Doll, British Journal of Industrial Medicine, 1955, 12, 81 (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1037613/?page=1);

      ** Occupational Exposure Asbestos, Tremolite, Anthophyllite and Actinolite, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), June 20, 1986, 51 FR 22612-01, 29 C.F.R. 1910, 1926 (osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=federal_register&p_id=13570).

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      Owner of burned hotel fined for handling of asbestos