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

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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 …

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What a Property Manager Needs To Know About Asbestos

Charlotte 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 …

What Does An Asbestos Consultancy Do?

Neil Munro Acorn News

Asbestos Consultancy – Why Is It Needed? Most of us are aware that asbestos is a dangerous substance. Asbestos attributes to thousands of deaths each year and causes serious lung diseases. However, what perhaps may surprise many is that asbestos is likely to be found in all commercial buildings which were built prior to 2000 when it’s use in construction …

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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 …

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New asbestos related illness centre for Mesothelioma UK opens in Leicester

Neil Munro Acorn News

The national cancer charity Mesothelioma UK has opened new dedicated offices at The Sidings, Birstall, Leicester. The opening was conducted by Lady Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire. The charity was previously based at Glenfield Hospital and is a specialist resource centre for mesothelioma, which is heavily associated with asbestos. Lady Gretton said she was “delighted” to open the headquarters, …

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Asbestos exposure at Rolls Royce in Derby?

Neil Munro Acorn News

Kathleen Jennings believes that her husband, Harold, died as a result of asbestos exposure whilst working for Rolls Royce between 1953 and 1981. (Read all about this in the Derby Telegraph). Mr Jennings, who worked at both the Precision Casting Facility (PCF) located on Wilmore Road and the Light Alloy Foundry site in Russell Street, was well-known as a good worker …

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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 …

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Asbestos exposure can have an effect in just 2 days

Neil Munro Acorn News

A man has died from asbestos-related disease decades after being exposed to the material for just two days. Michael Davies had helped to dismantle roofing containing the substance in 1978. Mr Davies, who was 60 and lived in Pattingham in South Staffordshire, died on 18th September from mesothelioma – a rare and aggressive cancer that is caused by breathing in …

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Are high rises at risk of asbestos?

Neil Munro Acorn News

Asbestos has been identified in a flat in Stockbridge Village, raising concerns that hundreds of other tenants could be exposed to this harmful material. Asbestos materials were found in Mark Syme’s home on the 15th floor of the Denecliff tower block, many months after he had campaigned for the property to be inspected for the material. 48-year-old Mr Symes strongly …