Asbestos – Out with the Old, and in with the (er) Old

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asbestos in the UK state of play January 2018

And so it continues. 2018 has begun with three high profile stories on exposing employees and contractors to asbestos fibres and the associated seeming disregard for safety. Firstly, SSE Hornsea Ltd were fined £300K after 13 employees and contractors were exposed to asbestos fibres after 3 of them performed routine mechanical maintenance on a compressed air distribution system. HSE Inspector … Read More

Asbestos in UK Schools

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Asbestos In UK Schools

Here are two figures that should alarm everyone: Asbestos kills over 5,500 people a year in the UK (according to the government) Up to 83 percent of schools contain asbestos (according to a government survey) There is an obvious question that comes to mind when you look at these two figures – what is being done about asbestos in schools? … Read More

How e-permits Helps Prevent Asbestos Exposure

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How e-permits helps prevent asbestos exposure

We’ve devoted a significant amount of space on this blog trying to maintain focus on preventing asbestos exposure for facilities workers, as well as everyone else who can come into contact with asbestos going about their day-to-day activities in our schools, hospitals and any other pre-2000 building. We’ve touched on how e-permits helps prevent asbestos exposure and how we’ve now … Read More

Asbestos in UK Public Buildings – It’s Killing Us!

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Asbestos in UK Public Buildings is Killing Us

The Government acknowledges that buildings in the UK, including public buildings, contain asbestos. It also acknowledges that thousands of people a year die from asbestos-related diseases. However, exactly how big is the problem and what is the Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) doing about it? According to the HSE, any building built or refurbished before 2000 may … Read More

Study Claims Asbestos Substitute Kills Too!

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Asbestos News Update

That and other asbestos stories in this news round up of all things asbestos… The presence of asbestos in our schools and other public buildings continues to make the news. At least the local, if not the national news. Two schools were closed in Shefford, Bedfordshire this week due to an asbestos risk arising from the demolition of the old … Read More

Help Us Fight Exposure to Asbestos

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Prevent Exposure to Asbestos

Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 has long passed but we’re determined to keep awareness high all year round and to do all we can to prevent exposure to asbestos. As we reported a couple of weeks ago and with immediate effect, we are no longer making the asbestos module a chargeable, optional extra for e-permits. The module is now bundled … Read More

Asbestos Module – Now Bundled!

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e-permits laces up its running shoes - asbestos

We have written much and commented more on reducing the exposure to asbestos since the 2017 Global Asbestos Awareness Week at the beginning of April. Indeed, if we can make headway with recommendations we made following the Post Implementation Review of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 then the UK will become a much safer place to go about our … Read More

Asbestos In UK Schools – The Hidden Threat

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Asbestos in UK Schools - An Infographic

The equivalent of 10 jumbo jets full of people die every year in Great Britain from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. It is tempting to think that this is the sad legacy of our previous ignorance of asbestos and its deadly nature and that, over time, the death toll will fall. However, that’s not necessarily the reality. As we … Read More

2017 Global Asbestos Awareness Week

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2017

We’re less than 2 weeks away from Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW, April 1-7, 2017). Promoted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the GAAW is dedicated to increasing awareness of, and preventing exposure to asbestos. ADAO is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that reached over 44 countries with GAAW last year. This year’s GAAW will focus on banning the mining … Read More