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Monitoring asbestos materials in the workplace

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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 …

First Ever Asbestos Nurse Appointed

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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 University of Southampton, Helen worked …

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What a Property Manager Needs To Know About Asbestos

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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 which action, be it an …

What Does An Asbestos Consultancy Do?

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Asbestos Consultancy – Why Is It 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 when it’s use in construction …

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New asbestos related illness centre for Mesothelioma UK opens in Leicester

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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 “delighted” to open the headquarters, …

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Asbestos exposure at Rolls Royce in Derby?

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Kathleen Jennings believes that her husband, Harold, died as a result of asbestos exposure whilst working for Rolls Royce between 1953 and 1981. (Read all about this in the Derby Telegraph). Mr Jennings, who worked at both the Precision Casting Facility (PCF) located on Wilmore Road and the Light Alloy Foundry site in Russell Street, was well-known as a good worker …

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Asbestos exposure can have an effect in just 2 days

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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 is caused by breathing in …

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Are high rises at risk of asbestos?

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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 material. 48-year-old Mr Symes strongly …

Asbestos The Killer – Woman Who Potentially Consumed Asbestos As A Child Now Battles Rare Cancer

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Asbestos is dangerous. That’s something which no one can doubt or contest. However, the last thing you’d think would happen is that someone would eat asbestos. However, sadly, this is precisely what happened to a lady recently reported in the news, and now we are seeing the effects of actually ingesting the substance, and the impact that has on the …

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Off-Road Vehicles Tied To Asbestos – What You Need To Know

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We’re continually discovering new things about asbestos, as the technology which has been developed to counteract it and remove it progresses. This means that an increased awareness of what can expose us to the carcinogenic fibres is also going to happen. This statement has rung true for those people who are using off-road vehicles, as they may well be one …