Asbestos

The potential dangers of asbestos in our schools

Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of asbestos-related cancer, is responsible for around 2,500 deaths in the UK every year. In some cases, the victims are unaware that they have even been exposed to asbestos and it can be decades before any symptoms of illness begin to show. In the past, asbestos-related conditions have generally been considered to be ‘industrial’ diseases, but evidence is growing that people going through, or working in, the education sector can also find themselves victims of asbestos…

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Asbestos News Roundup – May 2018

Sadly, it seems that, although asbestos was banned in all forms almost twenty years ago, we are still seeing it cause damage all over the UK, with thousands of deaths from asbestos exposure still occurring every year. We have compiled some of the stories of people whose lives are still being affected, and ended prematurely, by this deadly substance, from May 2018. The family of a Scottish labourer, who died of an asbestos-related cancer at the age of just 66,…

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Asbestos News Roundup – April 2018

Asbestos is a substance that was used in lots of industries, including construction, for many years, until it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibres causes cancer and many other health conditions. Most victims show no symptoms until their health deteriorates quickly, usually decades after exposure. Asbestos is now banned in the UK, but many existing buildings that were constructed before the late 1990s contain asbestos in some form. Around 5,000 people in the UK die of asbestos-related conditions every year,…

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6 common symptoms of asbestos-related conditions

Those who have worked in industries with a high risk of asbestos exposure during the 20th century, such as construction, joinery, ship building, railways or aeroplane manufacture, have a higher chance of having been exposed to this toxic substance during their working life. One of the most distressing things about asbestos-related illnesses is that victims often only show symptoms decades after the exposure that caused their condition actually occurred.  This delayed onset of recognisable symptoms may also mean that diagnosis comes…

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Claiming for asbestos-related diseases after death in the UK

Asbestos Claims after Death Asbestos-related diseases are not always easily diagnosed. Symptoms can sometimes take between 20 and 40 years to appear, although it can be as short as 10 years and as long as 60 years or more, and often the patient has long since forgotten about their asbestos exposure many years earlier. Due to the speed at which asbestos-related conditions can progress, a diagnosis may not become available until the sufferer has died and a post-mortem has been…

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What is asbestos and why does it make you ill?

Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals made of tiny fibres which were frequently used in building materials up until 1999.  The use of asbestos was widespread in houses, factories, schools, hospitals, offices and warehouses.  Before it became known how dangerous these fibres are, asbestos was widely used because of its excellent resistance to heat and fire, making it a great insulation material for buildings, pipes and electrics.  There are several different types of asbestos which were…

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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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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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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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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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