The Evil Dust - the history of asbestos, an excerpt

Author: Jakob Gottschau
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Full movie is available at: 100 years ago asbestos became known as a magic mineral and the use of millions of tons of asbestos created a very profitable industry. And for almost as long, the industry has known that asbestos is extremely dangerous to people. The documentary is part of the international awarded series "Late Lessons from Early Warnings" which explores how we have been able to respond to warnings about the hazards posed by some of the greatest technological innovations of the last century. We have not always been that successful. Directed and produced by Jakob Gottshau, Express TV Production Photography: Michael Daugaard Film Editing: Jesper Osmund Music: Niels Mosumgaard Narration: Brian Patterson Year of Production: 2006


  1. How can asbestos be concidered "evil?" I mean it's an inanimate rock mineral. It's what Mother Nature intended. Shure lots of minerals are as toxic or more. Just label it as "sinister"
  2. Wait, did that man just crawled out of a pipe without breathing mask!
  3. On the kitchen bench. There was a medium sized fibre, it was blue at the front, then grey in the middle, then blue at the end of it. What could it be?
  4. where's the torrent link
  5. mask man always
  6. Go to the "third world" and you will find asbestos being milled and installed to this day. There are still companies building peoples homes with the stuff.
  7. This was all for the sake of money.........
  8. Horrible that they even allowed it to be used for almost a hundred years after they knew it was a deadly material. My moms house was built with asbestos around the heating ducts, as glue behind mirrors, and underneath the piss yellow linoleum that was in the bathrooms and the fugly heavy texture acoustic ceilings that were there. I bet there's still some in her house. Including the rest of the neighborhood where people are disturbing every time they do some sort of remodel. Even though it was banned in 1978 for use in building, it still remains a problem in many older buildings. Our government needs to put in place a program that makes it free to have that asbestos crap removed professionally.
  9. Thank you for staring this..... I use it in my role as a safety trainer during our Asbestos Awareness courses. this video segment ALWAYS gets the trainees attention!
  10. Asbestos applications for safety in high temperature areas is really the only safe way to use it. I an appalled that it was completely known to the doctors, companies and management that it's exposure alone could kill but they let their workers and all consumers take this risk knowingly, expecting them to not hold these people liable!

    I never thought mesothelioma was THAT much of a problem. This may be why there is soooo much lung and other cancers today.

    But I do know that for firefighting, very limited industrial and science research applications, very high temp manufacturing areas it is the only thing capable. It also is sometimes much more dangerous and expensive to remove it, the also safe way to mitigate the risk is containing it. As long as it is completely contained it is almost zero for risk.

    I can't believe how these poor workers were allowed to bathe in the stuff without any respiratory protection, let alone the fact they severely exposed all their family. I don't think we have fully seen the ripple waves yet. Cause this is the actual workers themselves dying, it takes about 30 years. Scary and shocking. It is more of a dirty rotten greed story than tobacco and lead production. I am saddened by Canada's complacency in slowly murdering the third world as well. SMH...
  11. On behalf of Canada, I'm sorry. Truly, truly sorry.
  12. Chapter 18 Asbestos

    Don't the governments in Europe have Lobbyists ?

    Documenting the Hazardous Effects of Asbestos

    As early as 1897, an Austrian doctor attributed pulmonary troubles in one of his patients to the inhalation of asbestos dust. An 1898 report regarding the asbestos manufacturing process in England, where factories had been routinely inspected since 1833 to protect the health and safety of workers, cited "widespread damage and injury of the lungs, due to the dusty surrounding of the asbestos mill."

    In 1906, the first documented death of an asbestos worker from pulmonary failure was recorded by Dr. Montague Murray at London's Charring Cross Hospital. The autopsy of the 33-year-old victim revealed large amounts of asbestos fibers in his lungs. Reports of worker deaths from "fibrosis" in asbestos plants in Italy and France echoed studies in the U.S. that suggested that asbestos workers were dying unnaturally young. And as early as 1908, insurance companies in the U.S. and Canada began decreasing coverage and benefits, while increasing premiums, for workers employed in the asbestos industry.

    No Asbestos Ban in the US

    Asbestos is still not banned in the United States. A 1989 ruling issued by the Environmental Protection Agency banning most asbestos-containing products was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in 1991 under pressure from the asbestos industry. Although it is still a legal commodity that appears in many building and common household products, asbestos use has declined considerably in the U.S.

    The last U.S. asbestos mine closed in 2002, ending more than a century of the country's asbestos production. And although the United States has always been a major importer of asbestos, historically providing only a small percentage of the world's supply, it was always the world's largest consumer.

    And you thought Obama's and Monsanto's GMO's and Prescription Drugs were bad.
  13. this home has it outside siding. never been mess with.
  14. they should make it illegals to sell homes. with this. my house has it outside. walls.covered with asbestos. vinyl siding.   on it/ .older couple have live in home for years. died of old age.
  15. I work with asbestos 42 $ an hr is it worth it.?
  16. where can i get some asbestos??
  17. What a nasty thing asbestos is. this video explains the history quite well.
  18. Certainly is an evil dust.. Not so dangerous if it is left untouched. But better to get it removed completely to ensure the health and safety of your family. Great Vid!
  19. Its as though people have a hard time figuring out that they are going to die at some point.