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Brownfield sites and the danger of asbestos in soil

By Neil Munro | June 6, 2018
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Our rich industrial past, and the subsequent redevelopment of land on which factories, mills and warehouses once stood, has led to a significant health and safety issue in the form of asbestos in soil. Derelict and disused areas of land, known as ‘brownfield’ sites, are being used to address the UK’s housing crisis, but with … Read more

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High risk of asbestos exposure for UK construction workers

By Neil Munro | May 22, 2018
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According to a survey by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), “Nearly one in four UK construction workers believe they may have been exposed to asbestos fibres.” Asbestos has only been banned in the UK since 1999, and the high number of older buildings being demolished or renovated plus the nature of the … Read more

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First Ever Asbestos Nurse Appointed

By Neil Munro | April 24, 2018
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The UK’s first asbestos nurse has been appointed in a hospital in Southampton. As a specialist, the nurse, Helen Wilkes will be focusing on caring for patients suffering from asbestos-related cancers, such as mesothelioma, but also looking to raise awareness of the disease, providing a vital link between charity groups, and patients. Trained at the … Read more

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What a Property Manager Needs To Know About Asbestos

By Neil Munro | March 13, 2018
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The very word ‘asbestos’ tends to strike fear into a property manager.  Whether you manage a large portfolio of commercial properties, hold leasehold responsibilities for domestic dwellings with communal areas or assist landlords who own HMO’s, as a property manager, it is imperative that you understand both your duties to manage asbestos, and situations in … Read more

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What Do Asbestos Consultancies Do?

By Neil Munro | February 22, 2018
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Asbestos Consultancies – Why Are They Needed? Most of us are aware that asbestos is a dangerous substance. Asbestos attributes to thousands of deaths each year and causes serious lung diseases. However, what perhaps may surprise many is that asbestos is likely to be found in all commercial buildings which were built prior to 2000 … Read more

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Claire’s kids’ makeup found to be asbestos-free

By Neil Munro | February 5, 2018
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The global retailer Claire’s Stores Inc says tests have shown its children’s makeup to be asbestos-free after it was forced to remove nine products from shelves when a news report claimed that tremolite asbestos had been found in them. Read the full article on CNN here.   Returns to be honoured Tremolite asbestos, as with … Read more

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New asbestos related illness centre for Mesothelioma UK opens in Leicester

By Neil Munro | January 29, 2018
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The national cancer charity Mesothelioma UK has opened new dedicated offices at The Sidings, Birstall, Leicester. The opening was conducted by Lady Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire. The charity was previously based at Glenfield Hospital and is a specialist resource centre for mesothelioma, which is heavily associated with asbestos. Lady Gretton said she was … Read more

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What is mesothelioma (asbestos cancer), and how does it differ to other cancers?

By Neil Munro | January 8, 2018
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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. It typically starts in the layers of tissue that cover the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), although it occasionally begins in the tissue in the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) surrounding the digestive system organs and in the lining of the heart (pericardial mesothelioma). Diagnosis of asbestos … Read more

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Asbestos exposure can have an effect in just 2 days

By Neil Munro | December 22, 2017
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A man has died from asbestos-related disease decades after being exposed to the material for just two days. Michael Davies had helped to dismantle roofing containing the substance in 1978. Mr Davies, who was 60 and lived in Pattingham in South Staffordshire, died on 18th September from mesothelioma – a rare and aggressive cancer that … Read more

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Are high rises at risk of asbestos?

By Neil Munro | December 6, 2017
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Asbestos has been identified in a flat in Stockbridge Village, raising concerns that hundreds of other tenants could be exposed to this harmful material. Asbestos materials were found in Mark Syme’s home on the 15th floor of the Denecliff tower block, many months after he had campaigned for the property to be inspected for the … Read more

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