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February 03, 2015



You forgot one important word when describing the "Garlock" chrysotile asbestos products. "Encapsulated."

That makes all the difference.

Joanne Doroshow

Except when it's not. Even the judge in Garlock said, “It was only when the gaskets were cut, hammered, scraped, brushed or abraded that they could generate breathable asbestos fibers.” One worker testified about removing Garlock spiral wound gaskets from equipment after they had been used. He said that by the time they got to it, the asbestos gasket would be “crushed” and “baked to the surface” of equipment because of the system’s high temperatures. The only way to get it off was by pulling or tearing it off in “bits and pieces.”

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