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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

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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 …

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 …

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 …

First Ever Asbestos Nurse Appointed

Neil Munro Acorn News

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, and patients. Trained at the University of Southampton, Helen worked …

Property Manager

What a Property Manager Needs To Know About Asbestos

Neil Munro Acorn News

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 manage asbestos, and situations in which action, be it an …