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Asbestos Educational Articles

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Carlisle Housing Association Admits Asbestos Failings

By Neil Munro | July 31, 2013

A housing association in Carlisle has admitted serious failings with regards to asbestos. Riverside Housing has advised they have no idea how many of their properties contain asbestos. Best estimates are around 3,000 which is half of it 6,000 property portfolio. Asbestos was extensively used within the construction industry throughout the UK from the 1930s …

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New Asbestos ACOP for Working With Asbestos

By Neil Munro | July 30, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a consultation document proposing the new Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)  for working with asbestos. It has invited comments and responses (to be received no later than 30 September 2013) as part of a consultative exercise into a proposed consolidated version of its Approved Code of Practice …

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Asbestos removal worker dies in Cwmcarn school

By Neil Munro | July 25, 2013

Health and Safety Executive leading investigation after 26-year-old asbestos removal worker dies in Cwmcarn school. A police and health and safety investigation has been launched following the death of an asbestos removal worker at an asbestos-hit school. Paramedics were called to Cwmcarn High, near Newport, on Friday after a 26 year old collapsed. The school …

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Who should you commission for your asbestos surveys?

By Neil Munro | June 28, 2013

There are many companies that provide asbestos consultancy and asbestos surveys, sometimes at what initially appears to be at low cost. However, before commissioning an company to undertake such work it is important to ask yourself the following: Are you confident that the company has the technical competence to undertake the asbestos survey? Are you satisfied that the company has the resources …

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Children are at greater risk from exposure to asbestos!

By Neil Munro | June 18, 2013

A special scientific consultative committee to the Government has concluded that children are at greater risk from exposure to asbestos than adults. Pressure is now being placed on the Government to act upon the findings and undertake full review of current policies in relation to asbestos in schools. The Department for Education’s – Asbestos in Schools …

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What happens when asbestos goes wrong?

By Neil Munro | June 18, 2013

What happens when asbestos goes wrong? Every day there are incidents with asbestos that could have easily been avoided. Here we have highlighted recent incidents that have been highlighted in the press during January 2013: Engineering Company and Building Company Fined In January two companies had to pay just under £30,000 pounds in costs and fines …

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Is asbestos an issue for employers in 2013?

By Neil Munro | May 13, 2013

Answer: Yes it is. A lot of people are still surprised to find out that asbestos is an issue within the UK. The last set of figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 4,759 people are currently dying each year from various diseases related to asbestos exposures. This figure has increased …

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Acorn Help Raise Money for Help The Heroes

By Neil Munro | May 7, 2013

Saturday 4th May 2013 saw the second Tough Mudder event at Boughton House, Kettering. Taking part and helping to raise money for Help The Heroes was Acorn Analytical Services Director – Neil Munro. Tough Mudder® events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. …

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Firms fined for asbestos exposure risk at scrap yard and naval training base

By Neil Munro | April 16, 2013

A number of workers and Royal Navy personnel were exposed to asbestos after pipes lined with the dangerous material were left on a roadside before being put in an open skip and transferred to a salvage yard, a court has heard. The pipes, lined with asbestos insulation, were removed from HMS Sultan naval training base …

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Council in court for ignoring asbestos threat in school

By Neil Munro | April 16, 2013

Thurrock Council has been fined after admitting to failures in how it managed asbestos across its schools. Basildon Crown Court heard today (1 March 2013) that despite being made aware of asbestos concerns in a boiler room at Stifford Clays Junior School, no action was taken. A specialist contractor tasked with carrying out an asbestos …

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