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November/December 1988

Featured Articles:

Healthy Manville Immune From Suits
Who Says It's Safe?

Summaries in Spanish at the ends of most articles


Who Says It's "Safe "?

"TLVs for 104 substances were significantly influenced by unpublished corporate communications. Fifteen TLVs were based solely on that source of information."

Experts on protecting human health should be the ones who set the safety limits on toxic substances, shouldn't they? Recent research shows that standards are often set by "experts" in protecting corporate profit, not lives.

Threshold Limit Values (TLVs), the levels of toxic substances that people can supposedly be exposed to without health risk, are established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). In an article in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Dr. Barry I. Castleman, author of Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects and Dr. Grace E. Ziem, MD, show that the process followed by the ACGIH in setting TLV limits has been compromised by corporate influence.

TLVs for 104 substances were significantly influenced by unpublished corporate communications. Fifteen TLVs were based solely on that source of information. The ACGIH committee's handling of TLVs for lead and 7 carcinogens showed corporate influence and interaction with the committee. Corporate representatives listed as "consultants" were given primary responsibility for developing TLVs on chemicals owned by their employers (e.g., Dow, DuPont). Many recommended TLVs were even higher than the toxics' manufacturers would allow in their own plants.

The San Francisco WLA Chapter leafleted the May convention of the American Industrial Hygiene Association about the article's findings. victims of asbestos and other toxics are often at the mercy of industrial hygienists and other "experts" who portray government standards as "safe" levels.

The process for establishing TLVs needs to be made more scientific. All members of committees and agencies involved should be forced to reveal all their financial relationships with the companies affected. TLV information from other parts of the world, where private corporations are not in a position to set their own standards for poisoning people, should also be considered.

Copies of Castleman and Ziem's article and further information on corporate influence on the asbestos standard are available from the WLA.

Industrias Influyen El Nivel de la Proteccion

El tipo de asbesto que se llama tremolite no esta controlado. Este asbesto se encuentra en la arena de juego de ninos. La industria de minas que lo produce tiene mucha influencia con las agencias del gobierno que lo deben de controlar. Los comites que establecen los niveles de exposicion de muchas sustancias toxicas son muchas veces influidas mas por los "expertos" en protejer las ganancias de las companias que par los expertos en protejer la salad.


Front Page, Week Of:

4/16/05: Spectre to Introduce U.S. Asbestos Bill This Week

5/22/05: Individuals Injured by Asbestos Exposure Oppose Specter's Trust Fund Legislation

10/16/05: Victim's Organizations Form Asbestos Victims Coalition in Opposition to Asbestos Trust Fund Legislation

11/17/05: White Lung Mourns Jose Jesus Pessora

12/18/05: Frist Introducing Asbestos Bill in January

12/04/06: Asbestos Watch Newsletter: Help Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the WHITE LUNG ASSOCIATION

Jim Fite's Alerts:

Asbestos Victim's Superfund Compensation Program

Asbestos Watch March 14, 2005 (Maryland chapter of the White Lung Association meetings)

Directorate of Safety, Health, and Environment (open letter)


Joe Oliver's Alerts:

Joe Oliver, National Board Member and former President of the White Lung Association, has issued a call to all persons to help gather evidence on the conspiracy by asbestos trade organizations to suppress the knowledge about the hazards of asbestos exposure.

If you know anything about this horrific history or have documents which can be used to further prove their heinous crimes, please contact Joe Oliver, WLA, POB 1483, Balt. MD 21203.

Leonard Makowski's Alerts:

The White Lung Association stands in opposition to The Specter Bill (S.852)

WLA Alerts & News

S.1115: Bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing products - This bill is supported by the WLA.

Meet Mr. Asbestos

Proceedings of the Asbestos Symposium for the Asian Countries - now available for purchase.

Australia Bans Asbestos!



Senator Specter Breaks Promise to Mesothelioma Patient and Research Community

Senate Judiciary Committee returns to Mark-Up on May 11th: Proposed asbestos trust fund legislation will further penalize victims of asbestos-caused diseases


World Trade Center Health:

In May 2003, the Global Environment & Technology Foundation developed the "Asbestos Strategies" report.

British Asbestos Newsletter:

The latest issue is Spring 2005


News from India:

The latest issue is January 4, 2007



December 17, 2000 is Asbestos Hazard Awareness Day


Current Projects:

Asbestos Museum


Articles & Publications:

Occupational Respiratory Diseases: Asbestos Associated Disease -- Reprinted from: Maxcy-Rosenau Public Health and Preventative Medicine 11th ed. (John M. Last, Ed.) 1980, Appleton-Century-Crofts

Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation Not Betrayal: position release by the Board of Directors, White Lung Association



In Memoria:

Paul Safchuck May 21, 2003

Dr. William Nicholson Dies at 70

Ray Sentes Brave Fighter For Asbestos Victims

For more information please contact info whitelung org.