Asbestos in hospitals

Asbestos in hospitals: a complex situation to manage

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos Regulations

According to the BBC, 94% of hospitals in London alone contain asbestos.¹ The prolific use of asbestos in hospitals around the UK has created a complex issue for those tasked with managing it, but crucially, it’s a problem that threatens the health of hospital staff, patients, and visitors. Extensively used in hospital boiler rooms and for lagging pipes, asbestos is …

Asbestos Fly tipping

Asbestos fly tipping and the threat to public health

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

The dumping of rubbish in our country lanes, towns, and cities, and specifically asbestos fly tipping, has become a serious health issue in the UK and holds particularly worrying ramifications for members of the public. In fact, figures from StatsWales show that 304 cases of asbestos fly tipping in Wales alone were recorded in 2016-17 – a significant increase from …

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How asbestos awareness training can help you at work

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos has caused severe illness and high mortality rates around the world for many decades, partly due to a lack of asbestos awareness among workers and their employers. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show in 2016 alone, 2,595 victims died from mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer attributed to asbestos exposure. The nature of asbestos disease means that …

Triumph in court for UK asbestos victims

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos Regulations

A landmark ruling in the Court of Appeal may help asbestos victims obtain compensation. Graham Dring, acting on behalf of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum, led a challenge against one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos products, Cape Intermediate Holdings. The Appeal Court ruling is a significant step towards establishing the true extent of industry knowledge …

Safely remove asbestos: Why you need licensed contractors

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos in schools

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, and as such, presents a significant danger to anyone who comes into contact with it. This is why it’s essential to hire licensed contractors to safely remove asbestos in many instances. It prioritises health and safety, and is required by law for high-risk asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). If you’re a duty-holder or a contractor not …

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Brownfield sites and the danger of asbestos in soil

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos Surveys

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 the obvious benefits of this …

High risk of asbestos exposure for UK construction workers

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

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 work they’re involved in, makes …

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

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

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 all types of asbestos, is …