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 […]

OSHA Penalties Increase in August 2016

While penalties can be a deterrent to certain actions, the penalty must be great enough to gain attention and incentivize a change in behavior. The government took that into consideration when passing the 2015 Inflation Adjustment Act, part of the bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. For decades, penalties have not kept up with the pace […]

Callejo Building Construction is Underway!

Construction is underway at the future home of our law office at 4310 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas. The building, originally constructed in 1954, was in need of extensive remodeling. Asbestos abatement in the building is now complete. Asbestos ceiling tiles, floor tiles and window glazing were abated and removed per strict abatement protocol standards. […]

Upcoming ADAO Congressional Briefing

If you’re reading this, you know about asbestos and the devastating impact it can have on lives. Due to the recent passage into law of extensive reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a ban on asbestos in the US is promising. However, the need to capitalize on this momentum with senators is imperative. […]