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Stop Lynas

Stop Lynas | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

The Australian Stop Lynas! campaign started in response to the thousands of Malaysians uniting together to say no to Australian rare earth miner, Lynas Corporation. The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) - a rare earth processing plant being set up in Kuantan, Malaysia, will potentially impose tonnes of toxic waste on their lives and livelihoods. Sign the petition

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How a disease from ancient Rome made its way into your sandblasted jeans

How a disease from ancient Rome made its way into your sandblasted jeans | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Sandblasting jeans is a common way to give blue jeans a "distressed" look, with worn spots and artfully frayed holes. But the process of sandblasting is coming under fire due to its connection with silicosis, an incurable lung disease.
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Quebec trying to reopen asbestos mine Bill Mann's Canada

The former head office of the asbestos company in Thetford Mines is now headquarters of Oleotek, a thriving green chemistry institute. Thetford Mines has adapted its economic model to changing times. Asbestos’ Jeffrey Mine should do the same.

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Report: Proview sends open letter to iPad vendors in China

Report: Proview sends open letter to iPad vendors in China | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Proview — the Chinese electronics maker suing Apple over the rights to the iPad name — has added another twist to the story. According to the Associated Press, the company sent a letter to Apple’s iPad vendors in China saying it will take action against vendors and dealers who participate in the “infringing activity” of selling Apple’s tablet.

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Indonesia says mine rules not just aimed at Freeport

A new Indonesian regulation that changes the rules on foreign ownership of mines applies to all foreign companies and is not aimed specifically at the largest of those, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc

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Thousands protest in Malaysia over rare earths plant

Thousands rallied Sunday in Malaysia in the biggest protest yet against an Australian miner's rare earths plant, as the opposition vowed to shut down the facility if it came to power.

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It is time for Quebec to stop investing in asbestos

It is time for Quebec to stop investing in asbestos | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

There has been much discussion in the media lately regarding the status of asbestos in Quebec. The province is at a historic juncture: for the first time in 130 years, it no longer produces this mineral resource. This break in production is an opportunity to put an end to the use of a recognized carcinogen. There is no safe application of asbestos, which has already claimed too many lives

 

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Gillam asbestos fears a 'Facebook frenzy,' says mayor

Gillam asbestos fears a 'Facebook frenzy,' says mayor | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
The mayor of Gillam, Man., is dismissing fears some residents have raised about asbestos and contaminated soil being disposed of in the local dump.
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Activists take Apple workers'-rights campaign to Facebook

Activists take Apple workers'-rights campaign to Facebook | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Apple customers and self-described fanboys and fangirls, aren't celebrating. Instead, they're calling on the company to shore up human rights concerns by manufacturing an "ethical iPad 3."

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Where next for Samsung, Apple patent dispute?

Where next for Samsung, Apple patent dispute? | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

“It’s unfortunate that the court has reached such a decision. We will lodge an appeal soon to make clear that Apple has infringed our patent,” Samsung officials said in response to the ruling. “It is also not over yet considering that we raised two other infringement cases against the U.S. firm over patents in December last year.”

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Asbestos sector challenges WHO death-toll estimate

Asbestos sector challenges WHO death-toll estimate | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

[Response from the Canadian Asbestos lobby, just ANOTHER ploy to continue making money exporting death] - The Canadian asbestos sector wants Ottawa's help to challenge a death-toll estimate from the World Health Organization that says asbestos-related diseases kill more than 100,000 people every year. The figure is a major irritant for the industry, one often cited by critics who want to block future asbestos development over health concerns.


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At $500 billion, Apple is worth more than Poland

At $500 billion, Apple is worth more than Poland | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Apple's stock market value topped the $500 billion mark in early trading Wednesday, another record high for what was already the world's most valuable company.
The half-trillion dollar valuation puts Apple in some extremely exclusive territory, making it one of the five most-valuable companies at any point in history. Only Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Cisco (CSCO, Fortune 500) and General Electric (GE, Fortune 500) have ever surpassed that mark.

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Asbestos registry needed, says cancer patient - Canada - CBC News

Asbestos registry needed, says cancer patient - Canada - CBC News | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

A Saskatchewan man with a rare form of cancer linked to asbestos is demanding the federal government establish a national registry of buildings that contain the hazardous fibre.

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India cancer ruling opens door for cheaper drugs

India cancer ruling opens door for cheaper drugs | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

India's move to strip German drugmaker Bayer of its exclusive rights to a cancer drug has set a precedent that could extend to other treatments, including modern HIV/AIDS drugs, in a major blow to global pharmaceutical firms, experts say.

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iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast

iPad Workers: Plant Inspected Hours Before Blast | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
In the past couple of months, computer giant Apple has come under criticism for working conditions in Chinese factories that help build iPads. Last week, NPR met with 25 workers injured in an explosion at an Apple supplier in Shanghai.
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Philippine mining review sets off fierce debate

Philippine mining review sets off fierce debate | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

[Philippines] A Philippine government bid to take a greater share of mining revenues amid the global commodities boom has set off a storm of debate, with industry mounting an intense campaign to knock it down.

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Are you sitting down? Cancer fears may alter the sedentary job - Finance & Commerce

Are you sitting down? Cancer fears may alter the sedentary job - Finance & Commerce | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Despite a wave of evidence that too much sitting on the job triggers life-shortening illnesses, most companies and safety regulators are in no hurry to change employees’ sedentary working conditions.

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China says some foreign firms exploit workers

China says some foreign firms exploit workers | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Some foreign companies in China exploit their workers by forcing them to do overtime or underpaying them, the labor minister said on Wednesday, as controversy swirls over working conditions at a plant that makes Apple Inc's iPhones and iPads

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In China, Apple faces its Nike moment?

In China, Apple faces its Nike moment? | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

As Apple Inc, the world's most valuable listed company, braces itself for a report into alleged poor working conditions among its army of low-cost suppliers in China, it could heed the lessons from another big-brand retailer that faced similar issues two decades ago.

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Chemical found in cola causes cancer, watchdog warns: What does FDA say?

Chemical found in cola causes cancer, watchdog warns: What does FDA say? | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Controversial study released by The Center for Science in the Public Interest says some colas have high levels of cancer-causing particles. The consumer watchdog found Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc's Dr. Pepper and Whole Foods' 365 Cola contained unsafe levels of the coloring Ingredient, 4-methylimidazole or 4-MI. The group estimates the amount of 4-MI in the Coke and Pepsi products tested is causing about 15,000 cancers among the U.S. population.

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Indonesia govt to limit foreign ownership in mines

Indonesia govt to limit foreign ownership in mines | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Indonesia's government is requiring foreign firms to sell down stakes in mines to take domestic ownership to at least 51 percent by the 10th year of production, according to a regulation posted on the energy and mining ministry website.

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Vedanta’s PR campaign backfires as Bollywood celebs pull out

Vedanta’s PR campaign backfires as Bollywood celebs pull out | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

A bid by British mining giant Vedanta Resources to repair its tarnished international reputation has backfired after two major Bollywood celebrities withdrew from a film competition supposed to show the ‘happiness’ the company creates.

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Possibility of Indian boycott of Olympic opening ceremony grows

Possibility of Indian boycott of Olympic opening ceremony grows | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Indian government officials are discussing a boycott of the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Games in protest at the sponsorship of the stadium wrap by Dow Chemical. The government has written to the International Olympic Committee asking for the sponsorship to be dropped and, according to reports in India on Wednesday, was on the verge of boycotting not only the opening and closing ceremonies but other official events related to the Games.

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Union Aid Abroad APHEDA: News: Asbestos in Asia: Breaking Through the Silence in Lao PDR

Union Aid Abroad APHEDA: News: Asbestos in Asia: Breaking Through the Silence in Lao PDR | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Lao PDR has no regulations around asbestos at all, not even the blue or brown asbestos which are universally acknowledged as the worst forms. The country still imports around 5,000 tonnes of white asbestos, mostly from Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Mines labour rift

Mines labour rift | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Behind a violent strike at the world's largest platinum mine a battle is taking shape: union ties forged in the fight against apartheid are fraying, and a breed of labour leader is emerging who could destabilise industrial relations across South Africa. In the nearly six-week strike by more than 17 000 workers, the AMCU has been testing the waters against the dominant National Union of Mineworkers (Num)

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