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Asbestos News Roundup – February 2018

On average, around seven deaths from mesothelioma (an aggressive asbestos-related cancer) occur every single day in the UK. The sad fact is that most of those deaths could have been avoided if employers had taken precautions to protect their workers from exposure to asbestos.  To raise awareness of the issues surrounding asbestos exposure, the diseases it causes and the ways in which victims, and their families, can gain access to support and advice, we have brought together some of the…

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Asbestos News Roundup – January 2018

Around 5,000 people in the UK die of asbestos-related illnesses each year. To raise awareness of the issues around asbestos exposure, the nature of asbestos-related diseases and the ways in which victims and their loved ones can gain access to support, we have compiled some of the ways in which asbestos has made the news during January 2018. Two construction firms in Derby were fined in January 2018 after admitting to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court that they breached the Health and…

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How to manage suspected asbestos materials

Although asbestos was finally banned from use in construction in the UK in 1999, it can still be found in a huge number of existing buildings across the country that were built or refurbished before the ban came into force. As asbestos was so widely used before its serious health dangers were known, it can now be found in a wide range of building types, including sheds, garages, homes, schools, hospitals, warehouses, offices and factories. If asbestos is suspected to…

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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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