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Five US Airports that Put Employees and Passengers At Risk For Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Secondhand Smoke Is Deadly

Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman, from Jon Gelman, LLC – Attorney at Law.

Air pollution from secondhand smoke five times higher outside smoking rooms and other designated smoking areas than in smoke-free airports

 

Average air pollution levels from secondhand smoke directly outside designated smoking areas in airports are five times higher than levels in smoke-free airports, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study conducted in five large hub U.S. airports also showed that air pollution levels inside designated smoking areas were 23 times higher than levels in smoke-free airports. In the study, designated smoking areas in airports included restaurants, bars, and ventilated smoking rooms.

Five of the 29 largest airports in the United States allow smoking in designated areas that are accessible to the public. The airports that allow smoking include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Denver International Airport, and Salt Lake City International Airport. More than 110 million passenger boardings—about 15 percent of all U.S. air travel—occurred at these five airports last year.

“The findings in today’s report further confirm that ventilated smoking rooms and designated smoking areas are not effective,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “Prohibiting smoking in all indoor areas is the only effective way to fully eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.”

2006 Surgeon General’s Report concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Although smoking was banned on all U.S. domestic and international commercial airline flights through a series of federal laws adopted from 1987 to 2000, no federal policy requires airports to be smoke-free.

“Instead of going entirely smoke-free, five airports continue to allow smoking in restaurants, bars or ventilated smoking rooms. However, research shows that separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air and ventilating buildings cannot fully eliminate secondhand smoke exposure,” said Brian King, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and co-author of the report. “People who spend time in, pass by, clean, or work near these rooms are at risk of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger acute cardiac events such as heart attack. Cigarette use kills an estimated 443,000 Americans each year, including 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Chamber of Commerce Attempts to Injure Asbestos Victims Further

Deadly Asbestos

Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman from Jon Gelman, LLC – Attorney at Law.

The US Chamber of Commerce is now trying to take privacy rights of asbestos victims and their families. After Industry knowingly exposed millions of innocent workers, and their families to deadly asbestos fiber for purely economic greed, they now want to add insult to injury by requring the bankruptcy court to publicly disclose their settlements.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen for decades, not yet banned in the US. Exposure to asbestos is cusally linked to: asbestos, lung caner and mesothelioma.

The indiscriminate manufacture and use of asbestos fiber in the US, and worldwide,has resulted in an epidemic of workers’ compensation claims throughout the US, and the longest running tort claims in the nations’ history. Millions of innocent asbestos victims, and their families, have suffered unfortunate illness and needless illness and death.

The US Chamber of commerce is actively supporting in the US Congress,  and in state legislatures, laws to require disclose of private settlements made in asbestos bankruptcy claims. While the Federal law is pending in Congress, the state legislation is actively being advanced.

See H.R.4369 Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2012

Click on this link to registered your OPPOSITION to the legislation.

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Reserves for Asbestos Losses Anticipated to be Deficient

Nov 29, 2012

Fitch Ratings estimates industry asbestos reserves to be deficient by $2 billion to $8 billion at year-end 2011. Asbestos reserves make up approximately 4% of total property/casualty industry reserves with approximately 50%…

Canadian Asbestos Register of Public Buildings Now On-Line

Nov 14, 2012

In an effort to protect workers and public from deadly asbetsos fiber, the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan has now mandated that builings containing asbestos fiber be publically listed and the list published to the Internet.

Workers’ Compensation: Asbestos Exposure Occurs When Old Pipe…

Nov 08, 2012

Today in Boston a steam pipe burst near Boston City Hall exposing the population to cancer causing asbestos fiber. Asbestos continues to be a major health hazard since it remains in construction material exposuing workers…

Deadly Asbestos Exposure Threat Left by Hurricane Sandy

Nov 04, 2012

The path of destruction to buildings caused by hurricane Sandy has created a potential threat of deadly asbestos exposure. Many structures destroyed and damaged by the storm contained asbestos fiber and those were…

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Asbestos Exposure Occurs When Old Pipe Bursts

Source: Boston Globe

Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman from Jon Gelman, LLC – Attorney at Law.

The nation’s crumbling infrastructure continues to cause workers to be exposed to deadly abestos fiber. Today in Boston a steam pipe burst near Boston City Hall exposing the population to cancer causing asbestos fiber.

Asbestos continues to be a major health hazard since it remains in construction material exposuing workers to potential latent disease such as: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The US has yet to ban asbestos.

While hazmat workers rushed to the scene in an attempt to contain and repair the leak, the accident exemplies the need for workers to continue to be educated about safety proceedures in handling asbestos fiber.

The workers’ compensation and civil justice system continues to be available for those who have been exposed and require medical surveillance. Exposed individuals need to take action within a prescribed time period after an exposure and should consult with an attorney at law for guidance inorder to protect their rights under the law.

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Jon L.Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 3 decades the Law Offices of Jon L. Gelman 1.973.696.7900 jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

 

 

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Workers continue to be exposed to asbestos during removal and abatement projects. It is imperative that asbestos be removed in a safe and prescribed manner to avoid any unnecessary disease and illness. Merely “dumping” …
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“Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material that can potentially cause lifelong, irreversible health conditions,” said John Hermanson, OSHA’s regional administrator in Dallas. “It is imperative that OSHA’s safety and health …
Sep 04, 2012
The Canadian Journal of Medicine had also endorsed a ban on Canadian asbestos production. “Canada’s government must put an end to this death-dealing charade. Canada must immediately drop its opposition to placing .