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Set 40 year deadline for non-domestic building asbestos removal, MPs say

A report from the Work and Pensions Committee highlights this week how, despite being banned more than two decades ago, asbestos remains the single greatest cause of work-related fatalities in the UK. For example, in 2019 alone there were over 5000 reported deaths directly related to cancers such as mesothelioma. As a result MPs are stating this week that the Government must commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings within 40 years.

With asbestos still in around 300,000 non-domestic buildings the......

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Memorial Project Launched to Mark Asbestos Awareness Week

To commemorate hundreds of UK teachers who have died as a result of exposure to asbestos a long lasting memorial is being built.

This week is Asbestos Awareness Week, running from April 1 to April 7, Acorn Analytical Services has fundraised and contributed to the memorial project. The aim of the project is to highlight the issue of asbestos in UK schools and the danger it poses to staff and children alike. This aim is on the back of National Education Union releasing a study, which found more than 200 teachers......

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Over 30,000 Council Buildings Found tContain Asbestos

This week new research has revealed an extraordinary amount of council buildings in England alone, contain potentially dangerous level of asbestos. A national law firm, Stephensons Solicitors LLP, carried out first-hand research and concluded that over 30,000 buildings owned by councils in England contain asbestos.

Out of 333 council organisations in England Stephenson’s sent an information request too, 253 responded confirming they own or manage at least one building where the substance is present.

A spokesperson for the personal injury department at Stephensons, Danielle Callaway, said: ‘I’m sure many people will be......

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Court Papers Reveal UK Asbestos Manufacturer withheld Information

Cape, one of the UK’s biggest manufacturers of asbestos historically withheld information on risks posed by asbestos, playing down the dangers, whist simultaneously encouraging the government to alter product warnings laws in order to suit their business goals, according to documents released after a lengthy court battle. According to the recently released documents, one of their partner companies were considering a warning label for asbestos products back in 1958, but were advised against it by Cape as they said that “a caution label on our products and none on would make......

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Alban Arena Due to Open in Spring After Asbestos Closure

The Alban Arena, located in St Albans, Hertfordshire is "on schedule to reopen in the late spring", the district council for the area has said.

This follows the closure of the building, halting their pantomime run for performances of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs back in December. Which we covered along with the repair costs here on our blog, to read more click here.

In their statement the St Albans City and District Council have said that they expect work to be finished on the venue later......

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BBC Payout to Families of Former Employees Over Asbestos Related Deaths

Following a freedom of information request by the Observer newspaper it has been revealed that the BBC has paid £1.64m in damages after 11 previous members of staff died due to asbestos related diseases that were contracted because of their work in BBC buildings that were covered in the deadly material.

These payments were made to the families of the former staff members who had worked as make-up artists, engineers, riggers, set builders, studio managers and television producers at the corporation across many different BBC buildings up and down the country......

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Asbestos Removal on Alban Arena Scheduled to Get Underway in February

Asbestos removal at St Albans’ Alban Arena will cost almost £240,000 the District Council has confirmed, this follows the pantomime performance of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs being cancelled in December following asbestos safety concerns (a story which we covered in a previous blog, click here to find out  more).

The St Albans District Council have said how samples taken at the end of the year were found to have contained asbestos and they have shared how they expect remedial work to get underway in February.

In......

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FDA Report May Leader To Stricter Asbestos Testing

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have started to move further down the path towards more stringent testing standardisations when looking at asbestos fibres in cosmetic products that contain talc This follows the discovery in recent years of asbestos traces in several products such as children’s toys, crayons and makeup based products.

This latest move comes after they released a 124-page document recently which was written by the Interagency Working Group on Asbestos in Consumer Products, which features eight different U.S federal agencies that were chosen by the FDA......

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Death of Former Electrical Board Worker Heading to Inquest

An inquest has been told how the death of a former employee of the electrical board on Christmas day could be partly because of asbestosis that he had caught due to his work.

Brian Hayes who died at the age of 87 was a retired weaving shed employee for the electrical board and the court was told how Mr Hayes’ cause of death, aspirational pneumonia had been brought on by the asbestos related lung disease.

The coroner for the case, Timothy Brennand explained that “It seems to me that there are a......

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Asbestos Fears Following Fire at Nottingham Garage

It was recommended last week for residents in Thames Street, Nottingham area to keep their doors and windows closed recently due to asbestos fears as fire service crews had tackled a fire in the region.

The blaze which originated in a garage in Bulwell just before 11:15pm on Tuesday 4th January, saw approximately 60 firefighters attend the scene. The Nottinghamshire fire and rescue service explained that there was now a "risk of asbestos in the smoke" from the fire which at that time was still being fought.

The owner of a neighbouring......

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