Asbestos on beaches

Asbestos on Beaches in the UK: Cautionary Advice

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

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 on beaches around the UK, …

Asbestos safety: what you need to know as a tradesperson!

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos Regulations

Asbestos Safety – even though asbestos was banned in 1999, the substance remains an extremely dangerous presence in our older buildings. It has the potential to cause life-changing and terminal disease, which is why asbestos safety is an important part of everyday working life as a tradesperson. If you work in the trades the chances are you’ll come into contact …

Asbestos Poisoning

What is asbestos poisoning and are you at risk?

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness, Asbestos Disease

The carcinogenic nature of asbestos, and the fact it was once a mainstay material used extensively in industry, means asbestos poisoning is still a threat to health even though the substance was banned in the UK in 1999. Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in 2016, 2,595 people died from mesothelioma, an aggressive form of …

Asbestos containing materials

Asbestos containing materials: Should they be eradicated or left in place?

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos in residential and non-domestic buildings has been a major health concern for many decades, and questions have been asked as to why asbestos containing materials (ACMs) cannot be removed en masse. Asbestos was widely used in the construction industry until its UK ban in 1999, with asbestos containing materials providing insulation and protection from fire, but they left a …

Asbestos due diligence

What is asbestos due diligence and does it affect you?

Neil Munro Asbestos Awareness

If you’re thinking of acquiring a business that operates from older premises, or already run one, asbestos due diligence is a key issue that protects your employees’ health and could save you money and time in the future.   Under UK asbestos law the person responsible for maintaining non-domestic buildings can be fined and/or prosecuted for failing in this respect. …

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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 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

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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 …