OSHA's Asbestos Standard Quotes

Any such warning label we might be required to use in connection with our products containing five percent or more asbestos content by weight would be unnecessary, inappropriate, ineffective and potentially damaging to the sales of the products and thus to the job security of employees engaged in their production.

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Louis J. Bibri, vice president and director of Employee Relations, Armstrong Cork Company.
409303/16/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

Past experience would indicate that in a sizable number of operations it will be impossible to reduce the levels to two fibers, no matter how much money is spent. In these cases, the operations obviously would have to be shut down and the men thrown out of work. We have a very rough idea at this time how large a segment of the manufacturing industry would be affected ion this manner, but an estimate of perhaps 15% to 20% seems reasonable.

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Matthew M. Swetonic, Executive Secretary of the Asbestos Information Association
408403/15/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

Trying to put a handle on the potential number of lost jobs is extremely difficult....Perhaps 15 to 30 thousand is about as close as we can come at this time.

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Matthew M. Swetonic, Executive Secretary of the Asbestos Information Association
408603/15/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

The proposed regulations would also produce a loss in sales of at least $400 million because of the labeling requirements and the shut down of operations where two fibers [are] technologically unfeasible. A number of companies have already indicated that they do not believe a two-fiber standard is feasible in many operations, and that if such a standard is promulgated, they will close down those operations immediately rather than spend millions of dollars in a vain attempt to achieve the unachievable. The loss of jobs will be substantial.

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Albert H. Fay, vice-president of Gold Bond Building products division of National Gypsum Company. President of the Asbestos Information Association.
408303/15/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

There will no doubt be cases where the technology is available to reduce levels to two fibers, but where the cost involved would make a particular product line either no longer profitable or no longer competitive on the open market....In these cases, the plant or manufacturing operation would also be shut down.

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Matthew M. Swetonic, Executive Secretary of the Asbestos Information Association
408503/15/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

The proposed limit of two fibers...is impossible to meet....The cost of attempting to reach such a low limit would be astronomical and entirely unrealistic....The added expense would definitely force us out of business and would entail the loss of hundreds of jobs.

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John L. Rainey, President of the American Asbestos Textile Corporation.
408803/15/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

Such a label would surely spell the demise of a number of major product lines of the industry....there is no doubt that our competitors will attempt to take advantage of the situation by encouraging the public to avoid asbestos-containing products because of the potential health hazards implied in the warning label, even though to the customer no such hazard exists.

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Matthew M. Swetonic, Executive Secretary of the Asbestos Information Association. [OSHA would place a label on every product containing more than 5% asbestos by weight reading: “Do not breath dust--may cause asbestosis and cancer”.]
408703/15/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

The major component in many of these products is not asbestos. Paints and plastics contain less than 127 percent asbestos by weight, asbestos cement products less than 25%...

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GAF Corporation comment, no specific author.
408103/14/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

We are concerned, not only about the substantial loss of business to us, but also the loss of jobs among thousands of mechanics who install such products.

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Edward J. Killian, Vice President for Manufacturing Operations, Gold Bond Building products.
407403/14/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

There is no evidence that ingestion of asbestos fiber is any way harmful.

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Bruce J. Phillips of Certain-Teed Products Corporation (an asbestos-cement pipe making company).
407703/14/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard

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