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Report: Johnson & Johnson knew about asbestos in baby powder for decades | TheHill
“Executives at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) knew for decades that the talcum in its baby powder contained asbestos and failed to tell federal regulators, according to a Reuters report.

“Reuters examined documents, trial depositions and trial testimony that reportedly shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, J&J executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers knew that the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.

“The people involved discussed the problem and how to address it, while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public, Reuters found.

“The reporting also shows how J&J sought to influence regulators’ plans to limit asbestos in cosmetic products with talc, as well as research on the health effects of talc.”
asbestos  johnsonandjohnson  2018  capitalism 
3 days ago by handcoding
RT : Why regulation and control should be considered . A brief look at UK regs, and c…
class  asbestos  occupational  war  from twitter
12 days ago by cathmnet
RT : New blog - "White Fluff" argues that the inadequate regulation and control of
asbestos  from twitter
12 days ago by cathmnet
Chemical crackdown at construction sites this week
Inspectors from the workplace health and safety watchdog will this week visit construction sites across the country as part of a crackdown on exposure to dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will be calling to sites to ensure workers are not being exposed to silica dust, asbestos, and other chemical products used in construction, while also gathering information on substances being used on sites such as epoxy resins, solvent-based paints, and foams.

The inspections are part of Construction Safety Week 2018, an initiative of the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee, whose members include the HSA, CIF, trade unions, and other industry stakeholders.
Ireland  industrial  discovery  environmental  asbestos  dust 
8 weeks ago by dchas
One killed in explosion, 2 injured- The New Indian Express
ROURKELA:  A massive explosion in a house, where explosive substances were stored illegally, claimed one life and critically injured two others including a child at Telugupara of Madhusudanpali slum under Plant Site police limits here on Monday afternoon.Several houses were also damaged in the explosion. It is suspected the explosives were meant for manufacturing fire crackers. The explosion took place on the first floor of a two-storey house owned by Jawahar Srivastav at 12.15 pm. Under its impact, the concrete roof of the building was ripped apart and the flying debris severely damaged asbestos roofs of at least 30 adjoining houses.
India  industrial  explosion  death  asbestos  explosives 
september 2018 by dchas
The EPA Suggested We Change Our Rating on an Asbestos Story. Here’s Why We Declined.
On 11 June 2018, published a fact check titled “Is the EPA Allowing for the Approval of New Asbestos-Containing Products?” In that article, we rated the claim that “the Environmental Protection Agency will allow new asbestos products to enter the market” as “mostly true,” based on the fact that the EPA had proposed a new rule for asbestos that would (at first) block some currently unregulated but inactive uses of asbestos while (later) providing a framework for those unregulated uses’ formal approval should they pass a safety review.

Their proposed methodology for assessing that safety, many scientists have argued, may not accurately account for the health risks of those potential uses, increasing the likelihood that the safety review currently being undertaken by the EPA could end in these unregulated uses’ official approval. This logic informed our rating. On 24 August 2018, the EPA Office of Media Relations reached out to Snopes to suggest that this conclusion was in error and that the rating of “mostly true” should in fact be “false.” The agency’s objections generally center on two factual assertions:
public  discovery  environmental  asbestos 
september 2018 by dchas
The US EA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing • Archpaper
Sydney Franklin:
<p>According to Fast Company, the EPA’s recently released report detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances states that the agency will “no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.” 

This news comes after the EPA reviewed its first batch of 10 chemicals under the 2016 amendment to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which requires the agency to continually reevaluate hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals in lieu of removing them from the market or placing new restrictions on their use. The SNUR greenlights companies to use toxic chemicals like asbestos without consideration about how they will endanger people who are indirectly in contact with them. 

Asbestos was widely used in building insulation up until it was completely banned in most countries in the 1970s. The U.S. severely restricted its use without completely outlawing it. As Fast Company covered, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) revealed in April that asbestos-related deaths now total nearly 40,000 annually, with lung cancer and mesothelioma being the most common illnesses in association with the toxin.</p>

So "no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments": doesn't that mean completely ignoring any effects? This is bizarre.
Asbestos  trump 
august 2018 by charlesarthur
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reference  asbestos 
august 2018 by mattsaler
EPA ❤️ asbestos
The gradual dismantlement of all government functions
epa  asbestos  cancer  trump  health  politics  regulation  corruption 
august 2018 by nelson

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