When do I act?

Being prepared and understanding the situation will increase the effectiveness of your actions in an emergency. But deciding to act is crucial. It means being ready, willing, and able to help someone until emergency service arrives, or the crisis has passed. Action can mean anything from calling paramedics, applying direct pressure to a wound, performing […]

How do I recognize an emergency?

Learn to recognize the difference between a minor crisis and a life-threatening emergency. For example, upper abdominal pain can be indigestion, ulcers, or an early sign of a heart attack. A toddler who falls in the yard unconscious may have tripped, or he could have been stung by an insect and having an allergic reaction. […]

How can I prepare for an emergency?

After doing everything you can to prevent a medical emergency, the next step is to prepare for one. While it may seem negative to prepare for the worst, preparation takes prevention one step further. It means that if an emergency does occur, you will be more prepared to handle it calmly, quickly, and effectively to […]

How a medical emergency can be prevented

Preventing medical emergencies means getting yearly doctor’s exams and regular exercise. Protect your health by determining whether you’re at risk for any life-threatening conditions, and follow your doctor’s suggestions to reduce any risk factors that can be dangerous to your health. For example, if you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit.     We’re […]

How is Asbestos Used?

Asbestos was mined and used commercially in North America beginning in the late 1800s. Its use increased greatly during World War II. Since then, it has been used in many industries. For example, the building and construction industry has used it for strengthening cement and plastics as well as for insulation, fireproofing, and sound absorption. […]

How does smoking affect risk?

Many studies have shown that the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure is particularly hazardous causing diseases like mesotheloma cancer. Smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a greatlyincreased risk of mesathelioma lung cancer. However, smoking combined with asbestos exposure does not appear to increase the risk of mesothilioma. Asbestos is a hazardous disease but […]

Asbestos — How great is the risk?

Not all workers exposed to asbestos will develop diseases like mesotheloma cancer related to their exposure. The risk of developing asbestos-related mesathelioma diseases varies with the type of industry in which the exposure occurred and with the extent of the exposure. Asbestos that is bonded into finished products such as walls and tiles poses no […]

Asbestos Workers Protection

Employers are required to follow regulations dealing with asbestos exposure on the job that have been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Federal agency responsible for health and safety regulations in maritime, construction, manufacturing, and service workplaces. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforces regulations related to mine safety. Workers […]

Other sources of asbestos information

The organizations listed below can provide more information about asbestos exposure which causes mesotheloma diseases. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is responsible for preventing exposure, adverse human health effects, and diminished quality of lifeassociated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. The […]

Nonoccupational Exposure

Asbestos is so widely used that the entire population has been exposed to some degree causing mesotheloma diseases. Air, drinking water, and a variety of consumer products all may contain small amounts of asbestos causing mesathelioma cancer. In addition, asbestos fibers are released into the environment from natural deposits in the earth and as a […]