Asbestos Emergency

6 Actions To Take In An Asbestos Emergency

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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 …

What are the 6 Main Types of Asbestos and how were they used? 1

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

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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 …

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What makes asbestos awareness training so crucial?

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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 …

Why are asbestos reinspections so important? 3

Why are asbestos reinspections so important?

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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 …

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Property managers – don’t forget asbestos awareness training

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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 …

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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, …

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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, …

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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 …

What Do Asbestos Consultancies Do? 7

What Do Asbestos Consultancies Do?

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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 …

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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. …