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Asbestos deaths UK

How many asbestos related deaths in the UK each year? According to the HSE, statistics show that there are currently over 5,000 asbestos-related disease deaths per year in the UK including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. The latest figures collated in 2016 show that there were 2,595 mesothelioma deaths, with a similar number of lung […]

Read the full article | Published Aug 21, 2019

What does asbestos look like?

Ever wondered what raw asbestos looks like? If you’ve never come across it before, you may wonder ‘What does asbestos look like?’ Asbestos can be difficult to identify as it’s often mixed in with other materials. But there are some very common materials that are known to contain asbestos and some common places you will […]

Read the full article | Published Mar 05, 2019

Asbestos related diseases

What are asbestos related diseases? Asbestos related diseases are caused by exposure to asbestos, where the asbestos fibers are inhaled and affect the lungs and pleura. There are various types of asbestos related diseases that a person may develop. These include non-malignant (non cancerous) diseases such as asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, rounded atelectasis and malignant diseases (cancerous) […]

Read the full article | Published Jul 15, 2019

Asbestos Insulation Identification

What types of insulation contain asbestos? There are different types of asbestos insulation and it varies in appearance. It was a very common material used in homes that were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s. As such, some older properties may still contain some form of asbestos insulation. Asbestos was frequently used because of its […]

Read the full article | Published Jun 10, 2019

Asbestos and cancer – what is the link between the two?

Researchers learning more about the link between asbestos and cancer We all know that asbestos causes cancer, but what is the link between asbestos and cancer? Research is still being conducted to understand how asbestos causes diseases such as mesothelioma and other cancers such as asbestosis. A couple of recent studies have shed light on […]

Read the full article | Published Apr 11, 2018

Asbestos Boiler Insulation

Do old boilers contain asbestos? Asbestos containing materials can be found in various locations, both within the structure of a building and also in fixed items of plant and equipment, such as an old boiler. Pre 1984, when the UK banned the use of asbestos in boiler manufacture, boilers were the cause of asbestos contamination […]

Read the full article | Published Sep 04, 2019

Asbestos Encapsulation

What is asbestos encapsulation? Asbestos encapsulation is a process which involves leaving the asbestos material in place and treating it with a flexible sealant that forms a protective layer between the material and the indoor environment. This procedure ensures that any future wear and tear won’t cause any asbestos fibers to be released into the […]

Read the full article | Published Sep 16, 2019

When was asbestos banned in UK?

What year was asbestos finally banned in the UK? Surprisingly, asbestos wasn’t actually fully banned in the UK until 1999. Initially, back in 1985, the first asbestos prohibition laws were introduced and the UK banned the import and use of blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos. It took some years later before the UK government […]

Read the full article | Published Nov 06, 2019

Family of Chelmsford man who died of asbestos exposure seek answers

Family of Chelmsford man who died of asbestos exposure seek answers The family of a man from Chelmsford who died of an asbestos related cancer are seeking answers from his former employer concerning his exposure to asbestos. Norman Samuel Scarlett died in February of this year after falling ill in the autumn of 2016. He […]

Read the full article | Published Apr 10, 2017

Asbestos exposure fear as primary school is refurbed

Asbestos exposure fear grows amongst locals as primary school is renovated Local residents of a primary school in Chingford, Walltham Forest, are concerned for the safety of pupils and staff as building works take place and asbestos exposure fear spreads throughout the community. Selwyn Primary School is having two of its Edwardian buildings demolished as […]

Read the full article | Published Jun 18, 2018
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