Asbestos on beaches

Asbestos on Beaches in the UK: Cautionary Advice

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

Several incidents of asbestos on our beaches have occurred in recent years, raising serious concerns for public health. Some cases are thought to have been caused by fly tipping, whilst others potentially the result of asbestos materials being washed ashore.  The closure of Mount Batten beach in Plymouth in April highlights the problem of asbestos on beaches around the UK, …

Asbestos safety: what you need to know as a tradesperson!

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos Regulations

Asbestos Safety – even though asbestos was banned in 1999, the substance remains an extremely dangerous presence in our older buildings. It has the potential to cause life-changing and terminal disease, which is why asbestos safety is an important part of everyday working life as a tradesperson. If you work in the trades the chances are you’ll come into contact …

Asbestos refurbishment survey

Renovating a commercial property? You might need an asbestos refurbishment survey

Neil Munro Asbestos Surveys

Many of our country’s older buildings contain high levels of asbestos, and with the common change of building use we’ve seen over the last few decades – banks into restaurants, for example, or warehouses transformed into craft centres – an asbestos refurbishment survey has become an integral part of the renovation process. These vital surveys protect the health and safety …

Asbestos Poisoning

What is asbestos poisoning and are you at risk?

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos Disease

The carcinogenic nature of asbestos, and the fact it was once a mainstay material used extensively in industry, means asbestos poisoning is still a threat to health even though the substance was banned in the UK in 1999. Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in 2016, 2,595 people died from mesothelioma, an aggressive form of …

Asbestos containing materials

Asbestos containing materials: Should they be eradicated or left in place?

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos in residential and non-domestic buildings has been a major health concern for many decades, and questions have been asked as to why asbestos containing materials (ACMs) cannot be removed en masse. Asbestos was widely used in the construction industry until its UK ban in 1999, with asbestos containing materials providing insulation and protection from fire, but they left a …

Asbestos due diligence

What is asbestos due diligence and does it affect you?

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

If you’re thinking of acquiring a business that operates from older premises, or already run one, asbestos due diligence is a key issue that protects your employees’ health and could save you money and time in the future.   Under UK asbestos law the person responsible for maintaining non-domestic buildings can be fined and/or prosecuted for failing in this respect. …

Asbestos in home

Asbestos in the home – is there still a threat?

Neil Munro Asbestos in Homes

Asbestos was widely used in the construction of residential buildings before its ban in 1999, and generations of people have grown up surrounded by asbestos in the home. Although its dangers are now widely publicised, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) continue to cause concern in a domestic setting. So how much of a threat does asbestos still pose for homeowners and tenants, …

Mesothelioma in younger people: not just an occupational disease

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

Mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases typically affect older people who were exposed to the substance at work, often decades before their symptoms appear. This occupational setting has certainly been to blame for the majority of cases, but instances of mesothelioma in younger people are also causing increasing concern. Secondary exposure to asbestos via a parent or older relative is one …

asbestos materials in the workplace.

Monitoring asbestos materials in the workplace

Neil Munro Acorn News

Current health and safety practices mean that asbestos materials found in the workplace are left alone if they are intact, but arguments have been made for asbestos monitoring practices to be altered. Given that asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) naturally degrade over time, and many were installed thirty years ago or more, the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres could increase the …

Asbestos diseases

Asbestos diseases: the destructive results of asbestos exposure

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

Asbestos diseases don’t generally show themselves until several decades after the initial exposure, which is why we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of deaths from asbestos-related disease over the last 50 years. If you’re worried that your health may have been compromised by historic asbestos exposure, or you currently work with the substance and feel you are at …