Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- Bernie Banton Foundation will have Stans Van at the Asbestos Safety Conference in Australia

Another very rainy day and we have our fields flooded already. What will happen in the winter I do not know, where will all the water go.

I had a working day again today and then said to Ray its Thursday today. “No Its Friday” he said. I had to get my diary out to prove it to myself. How can you lose a day? its like having to turn the clocks 24 hours forward.

So silly.I have a diary filled with appointments. Conferences and Hospitals, Christmas and a Scan again 2/1/2015. Gee !! stop the world I want to get off.

I had a great debate in Lou’s  group in Australia I was saying that where the men work for a contractor there should be no ignorance of the dangers of Asbestos. There is no excuse for a man that works with and trains saying that Asbestos is not dangerous.

I was saying– that’s why  we need to invite more and more industry like the contractors and trainers to our conferences. Sit them down and show them what asbestos does. Just one fiber grrrrr

We lack Mps at our conferences.

I have made a note.

On investigation I found a list of where Asbestos is still used in the US ——

The manufacture, importation, processing and distribution in commerce of these products, as well as some others not listed, are not banned.

  • Cement corrugated sheet
  • Cement flat sheet
  • Clothing
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Roofing felt
  • Vinyl floor tile
  • Cement shingle
  • Millboard
  • Cement pipe
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disk brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Non-roofing coatings
  • Roof coatings

Regulatory history of asbestos bans

  • In 1973, EPA banned spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing material for fireproofing/insulating purposes. See National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) at 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M
  • In 1975, EPA banned installation of asbestos pipe insulation and asbestos block insulation on facility components, such as boilers and hot water tanks, if the materials are either pre-formed (molded) and friable or wet-applied and friable after drying. See National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) at 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M
  • In 1978, EPA banned spray-applied surfacing materials for purposes not already banned. See National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) at 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M
  • In 1977, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the use of asbestos in artificial fireplace embers and wall patching compounds. (See 16 CFR Part 1305 and 16 CFR 1304)
  • In 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products. However, in 1991, this rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a result, most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce for the majority of the asbestos-containing products originally covered in the 1989 final rule was overturned.
    See 40 CFR 763 Subpart I.

There is a very interesting Conference coming up in Australia on the 16/17th of November,

An interesting discussion will look at the challenges posed by asbestos in the residential sector and the increasing rates of non-occupational asbestos related disease. We will hear about the latest research into domestic exposure, and initiatives to raise awareness about the risks posed by DIY renovations. and  The case study will look at how to manage asbestos from a best practice perspective.

As a part of the workshop, Ergon Energy will outline the challenges in developing an asbestos management system, including training for staff to ensure that all work that may involve contact with asbestos is managed to limit any possible exposure.

All what I was saying we should have at our  conferences where the patient can then  talk to the Industry.

One of the real attractions will be Stan’s Van. The great invention of Bernie Banton  Foundation.

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Rod Smith has produced this on a filth wheeler.

This is a wonderful idea as the message is taken to the people right into the heart of the community.

Turning it into a very social place must have better impact on people’s mind. We cant have to much gloom and doom as people will turn away. Here they gather and watch and listen

A write up on their Face Book
2nd & 3rd October 2014 – Wagga Wagga – NSW – Australia
An amazing two days of creating awareness of the dangers of asbestos at the 150th Wagga Wagga Agricultural Show.
The Bernie Banton Foundation’s Mobile Asbestos Education and Awareness Unit in full flight.
It was great to have the Bernie Banton Foundation’s Wagga Wagga Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support (MARS) Team Leader, Leanne Billingham, with Karen Banton and myself, for the two days.
It was amazing how many people know Leanne and her husband Neil …….. Leanne knew literally 100s of people by the sound of their voices!!!!!!!
What a wonderful two days, we spoke directly to over 100 people about the danger asbestos represents, add their partners and families, and this figures multiplies into many more hundreds. With between 15,000 to 20,000 people attending the show, our stand was well exposed.
I know we have made a positive impact on many people lives – hopefully we have saved someones life!
Rod Smith
Rod Smith

Rays Blog


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