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September 2016
Sherry Foley & Tim Foley
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Most people know asbestos is a serious health hazard. But what might surprise many is how prevalent it still is today despite years of dire health warnings and the continued risk of exposure in schools, businesses and homes. This month, the latest.

Heartfelt Good Wishes and a Laugh Along the Way
The holidays can get a little stressful at times. So here are a few holiday quips we hope will make you smile:

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. — Shirley Temple

You know you're getting older, when Santa starts looking younger. — Robert Paul

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other. — Author Unknown

Of course our thoughts turn toward those who have made our success possible – you! It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the Holidays!

“You Should Know” Risk and Prevention Guide

Asbestos: Lethal and Still a Threat to All Americans

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Asbestos is found in thousands of U.S. schools. Learn more.

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Two years ago, the Ocean View School District in Orange County, California, was forced to close multiple schools and bus 1,600 students to temporary classrooms when asbestos was discovered during a modernization project. The cost of the asbestos abatement project, combined with the cost of bussing students to other schools, as well as lost state revenue due to parents who pulled their children out of the district, topped $15 million.

Asbestos remains a widespread hazard. Nearly all U.S. schools built between the 1940s and the 1970s contain asbestos. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), any building constructed before 1981 is presumed to contain asbestos.

How do you identify and prevent possible asbestos poisoning in your schools, workplace and home? 

Find out here >>>

In 2012, over 1,200 New Jersey residents were hospitalized due to asbestosis, a lung disease resulting from the inhalation of asbestos particles.
According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), 15,000 U.S. citizens die from asbestos-related diseases each year.
8 million
More than eight million pounds of asbestos has been imported into the United States over the last decade.

Asbestos Industry Still Alive and Well

Even though asbestos is banned in 59 countries, 2 million pounds of the toxic substance is still exported every year. View video.

School Closed Due to Asbestos Just Weeks Before School Starts

An Essex County elementary school will be forced to bus students to a temporary school due to recently discovered asbestos. View video.

One Man’s Fight With Mesothelioma

The Wall Street Journal spent a year with Texas surgeon and veteran Brian McQueen as his health deteriorated from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.  
View video.

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