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Asbestos News Roundup – December 2017

With thousands of asbestos-related deaths every year in the UK, we want to raise awareness of the ways in which victims and their families can access support, and also ways in which organisations are tackling the problem of asbestos to minimise the risks of exposure. We have compiled just some of the many ways that asbestos has made the news in the UK, so far, in December 2017. Most schools across the country have been decorating their classrooms for Christmas…

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Pleural disease

Asbestos-related conditions are not just confined to cancer.  There are other serious asbestos-related conditions that can have a debilitating effect on your day-to-day life, including diffuse pleural thickening.  According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there are on average 430 new cases of diffuse pleural thickening each year. What is pleural disease? Pleural disease can develop as a direct result of being exposed to asbestos – a natural but toxic material that was once used widely in certain industries.…

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Asbestos News Roundup – November 2017

With asbestos-related conditions responsible for thousands of UK deaths every year, we want to raise awareness about exposure to asbestos, both historical and current, to let the people affected know that they are not alone and that there is support available.  We have compiled a roundup of some of the many ways that asbestos has been making the news over the last few weeks. The BBC has reported that asbestos fly-tipping has hit a 10-year high in Wales, with reported cases increasing…

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Where is asbestos found in UK homes?

It is estimated by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) that there could be asbestos present in as many as 14 million homes in the UK, which is around half of all residential properties.  This is because, from the 1940s until the last form of asbestos was banned from use in 1999, this deadly material was widely used in the construction and home improvement industry. Asbestos was commonly used by the housing industry as an ingredient in cement, insulation and insulating…

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Asbestos News Roundup – September 2017

We’ve put together some of the biggest asbestos-related news stories from around the UK from the last month, to help raise awareness of this dangerous material and the devastating impact it can have on people’s lives. In Nottinghamshire, a couple were shocked when they arrived home from work to find that someone had dumped dangerous asbestos materials in the skip on their driveway, which they had hired to dispose of bricks following extension work.  As the skip is on Mr &…

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High risk occupations for asbestos exposure

Understood to cause around 5,000 deaths in the UK every year, asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to trace back to source, since it can be several decades between the exposure and when symptoms of illness first appear.  Once asbestos has entered the lungs, any damage it causes is not reversible or curable, and in some cases, the conditions that develop as a result are fatal. Asbestos has been banned from use in all forms in the UK since 1999.  Prior…

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Asbestos News Roundup – July 2017

Action Mesothelioma Day took place on 7 July 2017, an annual event to raise awareness of and commemorate those who have been affected by this asbestos-related illness. Since the early 1990s, mesothelioma incidence rates have increased by almost 71% in the UK. This type of lung cancer is usually caused by exposure to asbestos and is just one of several diseases that can affect those who have had contact with asbestos in the past. With around 5,000 deaths a year…

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Asbestos News Roundup – June 2017

With asbestos-related diseases responsible for around 5,000 deaths in the UK every year, it’s important to raise awareness of these conditions and highlight the support that is available to victims and their families after diagnosis. We have compiled some of the UK’s online news coverage of asbestos-related issues from June 2017: A union representing workers within the construction industry has concerns that Brexit could result in some the UK’s asbestos protection laws being weakened, and has asked for guarantees that…

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Asbestos news roundup – May 2017

Once known as the miracle material, asbestos has long been known to cause incurable cancers and other diseases. It is now a banned substance and no new buildings in the UK or Europe will contain asbestos. However, the ban only came into force in 1999, so, it’s not unusual for a building built prior to this to contain asbestos. While the material itself is not dangerous if left undisturbed, even small amounts of exposure can cause harmful diseases that can…

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Asbestos News Roundup March 2017

Asbestos-related diseases kill around 5,000 people a year according to the Health and Safety Executive. Known as an industrial disease, conditions developed through exposure to asbestos can take decades to appear, and often when they do, the diseases are incurable, such as the asbestos-related cancer called mesothelioma.  While the use of asbestos in new construction is now banned, many existing buildings in the UK still have the material within them.  To help raise awareness of these illnesses and highlight where asbestos…

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