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Thursday, March 21, 2024

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In a landmark decision this week the United States has taken a crucial step towards safeguarding public health by banning all imports of asbestos, a notorious killer responsible for over 40,000 deaths annually in the country.

Despite this commendable move, the ban brings to light a startling revelation - asbestos, once installed, can still pose a grave threat as there is no law mandating its removal from existing products or structures.

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) prohibition on chrysotile asbestos, the sole remaining form of the lethal mineral in use within U.S. industries, marks a significant victory in the battle against this silent assassin.

In this episode I shed light on how the battle is far from over.

Asbestos, when pulverized or disturbed, releases microscopic fibers into the air, making it potentially deadly when inhaled.

It's alarming to note that although banned in more than 50 countries worldwide, asbestos still finds its way into various products and structures in the United States.

The ban targets "white asbestos," renowned for its heat and fire resistance, which is found in many products including automotive parts, sheet gaskets, and brake blocks.

Moreover, its use extends to critical sectors like chemical manufacturing, further highlighting the pervasive nature of this hazardous material.

While the ban signifies progress, it underscores the urgent need for proactive measures to manage existing asbestos-containing materials safely.

Like managing other hazards in our lives, such as electricity or gasoline, asbestos encasement through the application of the right, high-quality, green coatings emerges as a viable solution.

Imagine a world where your buildings, home or workplace is shielded from the lurking danger of asbestos fibers, contained safely within an easy to apply and protective long-term coating.

Just as you wouldn't compromise on the quality of electric wiring in your buildings or the material of your vehicle's fuel tank, investing in superior-quality green coatings for asbestos encasement is paramount.

It's time to prioritize the safety and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones by taking proactive steps to manage asbestos risks effectively.

Removal and replacement may not always be feasible, but safely encasing it ensures that the danger remains contained, mitigating the risk of exposure.

The primary zones within and on buildings concealing millions of square feet of asbestos-laden surface area are the application of spray-on fireproofing on structural steel and the use in concrete panels for walls and roofs.

Both will continue to break down overtime but can also be easily controlled and preserved.

These surfaces present optimal opportunities for straightforward, on-site management, as they can be effectively encased and sealed with environmentally friendly coatings, ensuring the safe containment of asbestos under a durable, long-lasting membrane.

With the EPA's ban on asbestos imports, the spotlight is now on us to ensure that existing asbestos installations are managed responsibly.

By embracing the right green coatings for encasement, we not only protect ourselves but also contribute to a safer environment for future generations.

Let's seize this opportunity to make our buildings, homes, and workplaces asbestos-safe havens, where health and safety reign supreme.

Together, we can turn the tide against this silent killer and pave the way for a healthier, safer tomorrow.

Here Are the Information Points:

•US bans all asbestos imports, highlighting its deadly nature when airborne.

•Despite the ban, existing asbestos in products and buildings remains unregulated.

•Encasement with the right green coatings emerges as a cost-effective solution.

•EPA's ban targets chrysotile asbestos, the last form used in US industries.

•Asbestos encasement ensures safe management without costly removal, disposal and replacement.

To Sum It Up:

US banning all asbestos imports is milestone decision and despite this crucial step, the danger of existing asbestos in our products and buildings persists.

Encasement with the right green coatings emerges as a cost-effective solution.

Let's prioritize safety and well-being by taking proactive measures to control asbestos risks effectively and ensuring safe management without the need for costly removal.

"Every Person Should Make It His Business To Gather New Ideas From Sources Other Than The Environment In Which He Daily Lives And Works." - Napoleon Hill

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