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Asbestos Educational Articles

We share useful information, help and guidance for all aspects of asbestos. Promoting best practice and effective asbestos management.

Asbestos Removal in hot conditions

Life-Changing issues surrounding asbestos removal in hot conditions

By Neil Munro | February 28, 2020

Working with asbestos brings many complications and there are many risks which need to be assessed and actions are taken to reduce those risks. However, asbestos removal in hot conditions can pose a significate risk to the health of the workers involved. Examples of asbestos removal in hot conditions Asbestos removal quite often happens in …

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Don’t forget your legal duty to provide asbestos awareness training

By Neil Munro | February 26, 2020

Asbestos awareness training enables workers who are likely to come into contact with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) to recognise and avoid disturbing them. In doing so, they protect their own health and safety, as well as that of their co-workers and people nearby. This type of training is particularly important for tradespeople and construction-related workers, including …

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Asbestos Emergency

6 Actions To Take In An Asbestos Emergency

By Neil Munro | January 20, 2020

When you’re caught up in an asbestos emergency it can be difficult to think clearly and react appropriately to minimise your own exposure, and that of those around you. Asbestos is a carcinogenic material and has the potential to cause life-threatening disease, so what should you do in the event of an asbestos emergency? If …

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How dangerous is asbestos?

By Neil Munro | November 12, 2019

Asbestos continues to cause serious health concerns even though the substance was banned in the UK in 1999. Originally used for fireproofing and insulating, and typically encased in concrete and other building materials, it’s been the subject of controversy for decades. So exactly how dangerous is asbestos, and why is there such a risk associated …

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What are the 6 Main Types of Asbestos and how were they used?

By Neil Munro | October 11, 2019

Asbestos is a collection of naturally occurring minerals extensively used in construction, shipbuilding, and other industries from the 1950s until the 1980s. There are 6 main types of asbestos, which can be categorised into the Serpentine and Amphibole families. The fibres of Serpentine asbestos are softer and more flexible when compared with the Amphibole family, …

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What makes asbestos awareness training so crucial?

By Neil Munro | September 4, 2019

The considerable harm that the once widely used construction and insulation material known as asbestos can cause is thankfully now widely known. So with that in mind, what role does asbestos awareness training play, who could benefit from it, and how could they benefit from it? Asbestos awareness training is relevant and useful to a …

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Why are asbestos reinspections so important?

By Neil Munro | September 3, 2019

For duty holders, a vital element of asbestos management is checking the condition of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) on a regular basis. This is done via asbestos reinspections, and involves materials that have already been identified as containing asbestos. An asbestos reinspection ensures asbestos containing materials have not degraded to the extent where they might …

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Property managers – don’t forget asbestos awareness training

By Neil Munro | August 12, 2019

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 …

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Asbestos in schools

What you need to know about asbestos in schools

By Neil Munro | July 22, 2019

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 …

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Asbestos on beaches

Asbestos on Beaches in the UK: Cautionary Advice

By Neil Munro | June 6, 2019

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 …

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