January 18, 2019

The Asbestos Institute Releases Captivating New Infographic Entitled The Value Of Safety

The Asbestos Institute Releases Captivating New Infographic Entitled The Value Of Safety

OSHA Violations and related penalties are a real cost concern for businesses in the construction, fabrication, and manufacturing trades. The Asbestos Institute shares a new infographic showing just how smart it is to make safety a priority.

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) – The Asbestos Institute, a Phoenix, AZ-based training company that acts as an education and training resource for a variety of industries, recently released an infographic that details the real costs involved when safety isn’t made a priority at the jobsite. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a federal agency that is tasked with enforcing safety and health laws across the nation. By establishing and reinforcing guidelines and rules regarding safe working conditions for American men and women (as well as those working in certain territories like Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico), OSHA can levy steep fines on companies that do not adhere to mandated safety protocols. The Asbestos Institute’s new infographic delivers a high impact message for businesses of all sizes – keep safety a priority!


Some of the topics addressed by the infographic include: The most frequently cited OSHA standards violations, OSHA penalties by company size, OSHA fines by industry, and a noteworthy facts and stats section. It is enlightening to see just how exposed smaller companies are to OSHA penalties – with businesses of 1-19 individuals seeing the majority of the citations. No matter the business size, it is important to understand the value of safety – $170 billion is lost each year alone due to occupational injuries and illnesses across the nation.

About The Asbestos Institute: The Asbestos Institute, Inc. is a comprehensive training center, located in Phoenix, Arizona, that seeks to educate and protect clients through a diverse group of classes and training seminars. Classes are available at the Phoenix location, or The Asbestos Institute, Inc. can arrange on-site, EPA-approved training meetings throughout the Western United States. Since 1988, the Asbestos Institute, Inc. has helped contractors, building inspectors, asbestos abatement workers, and more, to operate within federally accepted guidelines. The ultimate goal is to improve worker safety and minimize penalties through OSHA.


The Asbestos Institute Releases Captivating New Infographic Entitled The Value Of Safety

ADAO Announces Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General, as 2014 Keynote Speaker


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, today announced Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting United States Surgeon General, as the keynote speaker at its 2014 conference. At the upcoming 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference to be held April 4-6 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Lushniak will join a premier list of more than 30 renowned speakers from ten countries who will present on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy.

As the Acting United States Surgeon General, Dr. Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprising approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. Dr. Lushniak served as Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010, until July 17, 2013, when he assumed the duties of Acting U.S. Surgeon General.

“ADAO is privileged to welcome Dr. Lushniak as our 2014 keynote speaker,” stated ADAO Co-Founder and President, Linda Reinstein. “Dr. Lushniak has been a passionate promoter of public health for decades, having joined the USPHS in 1988. We are truly honored that he will lend his valuable time and expertise to our 10th Annual Conference to help us promote important information about the dangers of asbestos exposure.”

The Office of the Surgeon General has played an instrumental role in helping to promote asbestos awareness, having issued two official statements during National Asbestos Week since 2009. ADAO has collaborated over the years with the Office, having worked with four U.S. Surgeons General to date.

“I am very happy that my old friend and Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference celebrating our 10th year of advocating for the victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families,” said Dr. Richard A. Lemen, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.) and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chairman. “It is certainly an honor that the leader of the Nation’s Premier Public Health Agency will share with us his thoughts about asbestos-related diseases and their elimination.”

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

ADAO will hold its Tenth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 4-6, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Asbestos and Cigarettes

Re “The Asbestos Scam,” by Joe Nocera (column, Dec. 3): Asbestos manufacturers filed for bankruptcy after juries across the nation assessed punitive damages for concealing the asbestos-disease hazards from their workers and the users of their products for 50 years.

Mr. Nocera makes light of a claimant’s assertion that she was subjected to asbestos exposure because she lived in a house with relatives who worked with asbestos, but numerous studies link household exposure (often called “bystander exposure”) with asbestos disease. He denies that there is conclusive proof that cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure combine to increase the risk of lung cancer, despite the findings of epidemiological studies from around the world.

Chief among them is the investigation by Dr. Irving J. Selikoff, former director of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Environmental Sciences Laboratory, and Dr. E. Cuyler Hammond, former vice president for epidemiology and statistics of the American Cancer Society, who showed that nonsmoking asbestos workers died of lung cancer seven times more often than people in the general population, and whose calculations suggested that asbestos workers who smoked had more than 90 times the risk of dying of lung cancer as men who neither worked with asbestos nor smoked.

An estimated 10,000 Americans are dying of asbestos disease each year; before the asbestos tragedy has run its course, an estimated 500,000 Americans will have died of the disease.

Tavernier, Fla., Dec. 3, 2013

The writer, a former staff writer for The New Yorker, is the author of four books about the asbestos hazard.

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LETTER: Asbestos bill would hurt veterans

A new proposal is currently making its way through the state Legislature to delay and deny justice to veterans and other victims who have been exposed to asbestos. Assembly Bill 19 and its Senate companion, Senate Bill 13, would shield corporations from liability and limit the rights of individuals suffering from diseases related to asbestos exposure.

According to the Wisconsin Military Order of the Purple Heart, AB 19 and SB 13 would be particularly harmful to veterans because mesothelioma, a deadly disease contracted from asbestos exposure, affects veterans at alarming rates.

During World War II, thousands of tons of asbestos were used in ship construction. Sailors were commonly exposed to asbestos that was used in pipe insulation and fireproofing. Members of the Marines and Army were exposed to asbestos products in their barracks, vehicles, and military installations. Korea and Vietnam veterans faced similar exposure to asbestos during their deployments.

When these men and women returned from their service, many were exposed to asbestos again in their civilian jobs as factory workers, maintenance technicians, or shipyard employees. While veterans represent 8 percent of the nation’s population, they make up 30 percent of all known mesothelioma deaths that have occurred in the U.S.

AB 19 and SB 13 are being opposed by many veterans and asbestos victim advocates. During the public testimony on these bills, leaders from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Wisconsin VFW testified that these bills would unfairly deny justice for veterans suffering from diseases related to asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, despite the concerns raised by veterans and asbestos victims, these bills continue to advance through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

I believe that we should be working to protect veterans and others who have been unknowingly exposed to dangerous working conditions. AB 19 and SB 13 would unfairly tip the scales in favor of large corporations who knowingly exposed veterans and other workers to harmful asbestos products.

Sen. Jennifer Shilling represents Wisconsin’s 32nd Senate District.

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Renovators playing Russian roulette with asbestos

Renovators playing Russian roulette with asbestos
Renovators playing Russian roulette with asbestos

Experts have warned that home renovators are not undertaking proper precautions with asbestos and are not only putting themselves at risk, but their families as well.

While it is no longer manufactured in Australia, asbestos remains a sleeping giant in a third of the nation’s homes.

There are fears a new generation of ‘do-it-yourself’ renovators has no idea what they are disturbing.

“A lot of young people are doing this and they need to know what they are dealing with,” asbestos removalist Wendy Tredinnick said.

Terry Miller from the Asbestos Victims Association was diagnosed with asbestosis almost a decade ago after working at James Hardie’s factory in Adelaide’s northern suburbs for 20 years.

His wife died 15 years ago from an asbestos-related lung disease.

She had never worked with the material, but was regularly washing fibres out of her husband’s clothes.

“You don’t need much exposure,” Mr Miller said.

“It’s not just the person doing the job, it could be one of their kids crawling on the floor, could be the wife breathing it in.”

A survey of 1500 home renovators in New South Wales found only 12 per cent regularly wore respiratory devices – a trend experts say reflects the country.

“Hardly a week goes by here that we don’t get a phone call from someone saying ‘we just started doing this and pulled a sheet off the bathroom wall and there’s asbestos stickers on the back’,” Ms Tredinnick said.

Asbestos can be found under floor coverings, particularly on the back of lino, behind walls and even as insulation in ceilings.

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