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#126369 - 12/29/02 02:07 PM Do you crawl around in this stuff?
sparky Offline
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Registered: 10/18/00
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Some disturbing news here about some of the insulation out there.

I think i'll stock up on masks

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In that town near the Canadian border, ore from a vermiculite mine was contaminated with an extremely lethal asbestos fiber called tremolite that has killed or sickened thousands of miners and their families.

Ore from the Libby mine was shipped across the nation and around the world, ending up in insulation called Zonolite that was used in millions of homes, businesses and schools across America.

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#126370 - 01/01/03 08:03 AM Re: Do you crawl around in this stuff?
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Registered: 08/07/02
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Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Speaking of masks...

The common "dust masks"

are not rated for use in areas where asbestos is present.

It seems one would need something more along the lines of

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#126371 - 01/03/03 01:58 PM Re: Do you crawl around in this stuff?
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Registered: 01/17/02
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Loc: Ventura, CA, USA
Thinkgood,

If you wear the second respirator that you show you are opening up a whole can of worms with OSHA. I will not get into all but I will throw out some topics; training, annual respiratory check up, fit testing...

3M makes some disposal filters that filter out 95 to 99% of the stuff in the air. They are also NIOSH certified. I can help you with some information on finding the correct one if you would like. Shoot me an e-mail.

Since I am not at work right now I am not sure if this covers places with less than 10 employees. Hopefully I will remember to check on Monday and get some more information on this.

Scott

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#126372 - 01/04/03 09:53 AM Re: Do you crawl around in this stuff?
sparky Offline
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NIOSH?
aren't they the group whom tried to institute some sort of scuba gear for airborne pathogens ( 1910.1030 , etc..) a while back?

yeah, they're helpfull...... :rolleyes;

like the EPA;

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“When the government comes across this kind of information and doesn’t tell people about it, I just think it’s wrong, unconscionable …” he said.

“Your first obligation is to tell the people living in these homes of the possible danger,” Ruckelshaus said. “They need the information so they can decide what actions are best for their family. What right does the government have to conceal these dangers? It just doesn’t make sense.”

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#126373 - 01/04/03 05:18 PM Re: Do you crawl around in this stuff?
ThinkGood Offline
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Registered: 08/07/02
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Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Scotts:

Perhaps I should have simply posted this:

Just be sure the mask that one wears is sufficient to filter out the hazardous particles in question!

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#126374 - 01/12/03 10:10 PM Re: Do you crawl around in this stuff?
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Registered: 07/05/02
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Loc: SI,New Zealand
Guys,
Over here in NZ, you are not allowed to work anywhere near asbestos, unless you are wearing Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus, like Fire-fighters wear.
This became law after the people who were removing asbestos, when it first became a hazard, sued the Government, because they ended up with Asbestosis, so the Government, in a typical knee-jerk reaction, instituted this Draconian law, making asbestos removal a specialised business, as you have to have a licence over here to wear BA, I've got one, as I am a Fire-fighter, but they are horrendously expensive,to anyone else.
Just as an aside, Head gaskets from motor vehicles are also made from asbestos, my uncle, who was a tractor mechanic for years,
is slowly dying of asbestosis.
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#126375 - 11/05/05 05:49 AM Re: Do you crawl around in this stuff?
sponge Offline
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Registered: 02/11/03
Posts: 32
Moved to another area of tis site. Nobody reads this area...

[This message has been edited by sponge (edited 11-06-2005).]

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