Lee Loftus is a retired Local 118 Business Manager and a proud third-generation Insulator. A member of the HFIAW since 1976, Loftus worked his way up, eventually holding elected positions both with the Local and with the building trades on a city and province level. He was previously the British Columbia Federation of Labour Occupation Health, Safety and Environment Director and has been entrenched in occupational health and environmental issues his entire professional career.
Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events
When I raise the issue of banning the use of asbestos, the most common response I get is: “Isn’t asbestos already banned?”
At this moment (March 2022), it is a hopeful time during the viral pandemic with infection rates plummeting and no surprises have appeared on the horizon.
Going to the doctor is no one’s idea of fun, especially these days.
COVID-19 comes and goes, despite our hopes in early summer it was on its way out.
Many people have reduced or entirely skipped out on seeing their doctor over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, as the Union’s Chief Medical Advisor.
Efforts to update the Selikoff Insulator Cohort are expected to provide valuable information to better understand the progression of asbestos-related disease. However, before we address this work and what it means, we want to discuss the cohort and what the initial work meant.
Construction workers face plenty of hazards on the job, but they can also struggle when they leave the jobsite. On Workers’ Memorial Day, the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers and our affiliates are working to promote safety and wellbeing in all forms.
Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, a physician specializing in occupational and environmental medicine, directs the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment and is a professor of environmental sciences at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY). The Insulators Union has been working with Dr. Markowitz for many years and appreciates his expertise on issues that matter to our industry and our members.