Asbestos awareness training

Property managers – don’t forget asbestos awareness training

Neil Munro Acorn News

As a property manager you’re probably already aware of the dangers of asbestos in commercial, industrial, and residential buildings, but do you know that if you’re an employer you should provide asbestos awareness training to certain members of staff? It’s obligatory for employers in the UK to provide asbestos awareness training to employees who are likely to come into contact …

Asbestos in schools

What you need to know about asbestos in schools

Neil Munro Asbestos in schools

Asbestos was widely used in the construction of school buildings from the 1950s onwards, and although it was banned at the end of 1999, the substance remains present in many of our educational establishments. Dealing with asbestos in schools isn’t a straightforward issue, however, and it’s not always the best policy to remove it. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advice …

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 …