Thanksgiving 2016

Throughout the centuries, people celebrated successful harvests all over the world. The celebration in North America started early in colonization as gratefulness for arriving and surviving the long voyage and harsh conditions they met in the New World. Today, most American celebrations have grown to focus on family. It begins a season of gathering with […]

To Those Who Served

On this day we salute you who served and protected this great country. Those of us who have not served in the military will never fully know your sacrifice, but realize that you are greatly appreciated. Your gift to our country of time away from family, education, or career is worthy of more than one […]

Important Advancement in Mesothelioma Testing

For many illnesses, early detection can make an enormous difference in the outcome. This is especially true with malignant mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs almost always brought on by exposure to asbestos. Since this deadly disease can take from 20 up to 50 years to present itself, it has been difficult, if not impossible, […]

Arbitration Agreements Change for Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Facilities

Nursing homes and long term care facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid funds will be banned from requiring residents to accept pre-dispute arbitration clauses in their contracts due to a new ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The end to this practice will return the option to sue and go to […]

Sri Lanka Government to Stop Asbestos Importation and Manufacturing

Blue asbestos has been banned on the island of Sri Lanka since 1987, but a decision by the Sri Lanka cabinet has imposed controls on all asbestos. Importation and use will end on January 1, 2018 and manufacturing of asbestos-related products will be prohibited by 2024. This ruling was enacted to protect the health of […]

U.S. Steel Corp. Fined for Asbestos Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalized U.S. Steel Corp. $170,000 for giving tasks to seven employees that exposed them to asbestos at the coke production facility in Pittsburgh. In February, five employees removed and replaced asbestos-containing packing material. In March, two other employees burned and removed a rotten section of expansion pipe which […]

Asbestos Cleanup Not a Priority

With scientists agreeing on the deadly role of asbestos inhalation in all its forms, why would an employer continue to expose employees to this potential hazard? There are no good reasons. One of the first actions upon creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970, was a set of standards for employee […]