Asbestos Poisoning

What is asbestos poisoning and are you at risk?

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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 …

Mesothelioma in younger people: not just an occupational disease

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

Mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases typically affect older people who were exposed to the substance at work, often decades before their symptoms appear. This occupational setting has certainly been to blame for the majority of cases, but instances of mesothelioma in younger people are also causing increasing concern. Secondary exposure to asbestos via a parent or older relative is one …

Asbestos diseases

Asbestos diseases: the destructive results of asbestos exposure

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

Asbestos diseases don’t generally show themselves until several decades after the initial exposure, which is why we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of deaths from asbestos-related disease over the last 50 years. If you’re worried that your health may have been compromised by historic asbestos exposure, or you currently work with the substance and feel you are at …

Secondary asbestos exposure and the fight for justice

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

The use of asbestos was so widespread between the 1930s and the 1980s that workers in many industries were at risk of suffering severe ill health. Secondary asbestos exposure was also a significant threat for their wives and families. With little in the way of protective equipment or clothing, asbestos fibres and dust were carried home on overalls and work …

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

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

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 cancer (including mesothelioma and lung …

Asbestos Disease Stats 2017

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Did you know? According to the latest asbestos disease figures released by HSE, 12,000 lung disease deaths each year are linked to past exposures at work! 40% of lung disease-related deaths have been contributed to past exposure to asbestos. This is proof again that asbestos exposure is still the single largest industrial killer in the UK. The lastest mesothelioma figures reported, 2,542 Mesothelioma deaths in …

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Can you tell whether a person has an asbestos disease?

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

Asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening are not easy to diagnose. The symptoms – such as breathlessness, persistent cough, chest pains, tiredness and weight loss – are associated with a great many other lung diseases and general illnesses. Developing an asbestos-related disease It takes between 10 and 50 years to develop an asbestos disease following …

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The Potential Lethality of Asbestos

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

The Potential Lethality of Asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material that has a rich history in the UK. It was used regularly in buildings between the 1950s and the late 1990s. Asbestos that is well maintained, not disturbed or damaged is much less of a risk to health. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reports that asbestos still kills around 5,000 …

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Should you be concerned about asbestos?

Neil Munro Asbestos Disease

Blunt question – Should you bother with asbestos or be concerned about asbestos? Asbestos is an emotive word, it brings some people out in cold sweats and other say it’s all a load of fuss about nothing.  Regardless of your current opinion let’s look at whether you should deal with any asbestos issues you may have. Are you responsible for …