Sean Sasser – perhaps best known as Pedro Zamora's love interest on the Real World: San Francisco – passed away from mesothelioma. He was 44. [more inside]
There is no minimum safe exposure level for any form of asbestos fibres, according to the World Health Organization.
More Australians have died from asbestos poisoning than died during the First World War so the Australian Government has just announced the creation of the Office of Asbestos Safety following the receipt of the Asbestos Management Review (pdf). Its aim to to complete the removal of all asbestos from Australian buildings by 2030. Asbestos is a global issue, and while Australia is keen to eliminate its use Canada is still mining and exporting the toxic substance which keeps turning up everywhere. [more inside]
Merlin Olsen, NFL legend and TV star (Little House on the Prairie; Father Murphy), has passed away at 69 from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. As I knew him more from TV than from football, to me he will always be the gentle giant. [more inside]
"It's just imprudent to put a product as manifestly hazardous as asbestos in material such as crayons."
"It's just imprudent to put a product as manifestly hazardous as asbestos in material such as crayons." Uhhh...what he said.