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Landmark Achievements for the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act

2019 was a year of impressive progress for The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 (ARBAN). About a year ago, the bill was introduced. All that remains is for the U.S. House to pass ARBAN, setting the stage for it to go to the Senate where it is expected to continue with bipartisan support.

Amazon Pulls Children's Makeup Kit from Site after Asbestos Found

Asbestos was found in eye shadow in a children's makeup kit, according to lab tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group.

It was found that in every gram of the eye shadow in the Princess Girl's All-in-One Deluxe Makeup Palette tested contained more than 4 million asbestos fibers. The makeup palette was available on the company's website and on Amazon and Ebay, but now seems to be removed from all sites.

Exposure to asbestos is dangerous. Any amount of exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other cancers.

First Responders and 9/11 Victims Receiving Asbestos-Related Illness Diagnoses

Most of us will never forget the events that took place on September 11th, 2001. Every Patriot Day, we remember those who lost their lives that day. For those lived through the events of 9/11, the trauma is still not over.

Asbestos-related illness has a latency period of ten or more years. Since it has been 18 years since the attacks, is it not surprising that we are witnessing an increase in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses among first responders and New York residents present during the time of the attacks.

ADAO's Act to Ban Asbestos Moves Forward in the House of Representatives

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization's (ADAO) act to ban asbestos has moved one step closer to becoming reality. Earlier this month, a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to move the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN) forward to the full committee.

Asbestos and the Dangers of Childhood Exposure

In the past, we have discussed the dangers of exposed workers bringing home tainted clothing or failing to scrub toxic materials from their skin after leaving the job. Asbestos fibers can be transferred from the primary individual to friends or family members through hugs or other incidental contact. This type of exposure is generally referred to as secondary asbestos exposure.

Unfortunately, this exposure puts children directly in the crosshairs of numerous deadly diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Welders face high risks for lung cancer because of fumes

Just in the last few years, several studies have established how much inhaling welding fumes can affect workers’ health. One recent University of Utah study found that welders or those who had exposure to welding fumes were 43% more likely to develop lung cancer, including mesothelioma.

As a result, scientists have classified welding fumes as a Group 1 carcinogen. Previously, welding fumes were considered as only possibly carcinogenic to people.

Claire's JoJo Siwa makeup set recalled for asbestos

Claire's is recalling more asbestos-tinted products after the FDA confirmed the presence of asbestos in makeup sets including Jojo Siwa's makeup set and Beauty Plus' Global Contour Effects Palette.

One of Claire's makeup set was named after JoJo Siwa, a YouTube celebrity who is known for wearing big bows and appeared on two seasons of Dance Moms.

Asbestos Crisis Grows as Nations Create Demand

Rapidly developing nations such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China could be facing an impending health crisis soon due to the continuing production and use of asbestos.

In 2016, the aforementioned countries accounted for approximately 80% of the global asbestos consumption. The largest producer of asbestos worldwide is Russia. Russia alone produces more than half of the asbestos consumed worldwide.

EPA Wrapping up Libby Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is deleting a portion of the Superfund site in Libby, Montana that is contaminated with asbestos. They came to the decision after performing the required cleaning activities at a former mine screening plant. The plant was used to separate vermiculite from the mined materials that also contains large amounts of asbestos.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

April 1-7 is the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization's (ADAO) Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). The first week in April is designated to increasing awareness of asbestos and preventing exposure by bringing experts and victim to share, learn, and take action.