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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Asbestos in schools

Is it possible to manage asbestos in schools?

Neil Munro Asbestos in schools

The presence of asbestos in schools has long been a serious issue in the UK, and one that continues to cause huge concern for the health and welfare of our children. An estimated 75% of schools still contain the substance, and more people die from asbestos-related diseases every year than in road traffic accidents. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines …

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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 …