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Category: Asbestos Awareness


Netflix to Sue Studio Over Asbestos Complaint

A film studio in North London is being sued by entertainment powerhouse, Netflix after it has been claimed that production of their new period drama had to be moved because of their fears of asbestos exposure on set. The billion-dollar behemoth signed a £2 million-a-year deal with Neasden studios to film the period drama that will star actress Julie Andrews, Bridgerton in their property. New High Court papers have revealed that the show faced a turbulent 5-month period of production in Neasden which resulted in Netflix deeming the facilities as too unsafe to......

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Calls For Government School Fund To be Used on Asbestos Problem

 

This week the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson made a statement pledging to invest £1bn across 50 major school building projects with a further £560m for repairs to crumbling infrastructure. This does however follow the National Audit Office identifying at least £6.7bn in repairs and fixes needed across the 21,000 schools in England, almost seven times the government pledge.

In the UK there are 3,000 schools designed in the late 1950s that are known as Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme (CLASP) schools, these were previously very popular models that used light......

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Asbestos Aftermath of Dundee Fire

A building survey carried out on a Dundee industrial unit that later caught fire and burnt down was unable to identify asbestos in the property. The owner of the unit, Imram Amin, said that he was unaware of the material being located anywhere in the building and in the one-page report supplied to the police it stated that the deadly material was not used in the building’s construction. If asbestos is found in any commercial property in the UK it should be logged and regularly checked. Mr Amin also said “I sent the report,......

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May in Review

Here’s a roundup of May’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos.

US Report Finds Asbestos Risks in Military Housing
A recent report by Department of Defence Office of Inspector General that came after eight military installations (seven of which were outside the States) were inspected, has shown that American military families staying in government owned properties are being subjected to health and safety risks.

These properties were found to not be correctly managing the asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) found there. The report states that these materials are so prevalent with......

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Asbestos Removal During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a long list of effects throughout many professions, whether they have had to temporarily shut down or continue to operate as essential businesses, this includes the world of asbestos removal and the challenge of a PPE shortage. Asbestos is most likely to be found in buildings constructed before the full UK ban was introduced in 1999 and the partial ban in the US. If found, you will need to consult an asbestos removal specialist and if they determine that it is necessary, they will remove the potentially deadly......

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Derby workers with asbestos poisoning die from COVID-19

A pair of retired railway workers from Derby, Ronald Gray and Derek Wilmot, who had previously contracted asbestos-related illnesses have sadly died from coronavirus.

An inquest into their death was told how the men were regularly exposed to asbestos as a result of working on the railway during their long careers. Assistant Coroner Louise Pinder explained that both men died from Covid-19, contributed to by their industrial lung disease.

Mr Gray who passed aged 80, was an electrician and in 2015 he was informed......

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March in Review

Here’s a roundup of March’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos.

Colombia Preparing for Asbestos Ban

Following 1,700 deaths in the last 50 years due to mesothelioma, Columbia are readying for a complete ban on asbestos.  After 12 years of fighting for this ban, campaigners finally got their wish last Summer, as House of Representatives voted unanimously to stop asbestos use, mining and export.

Columbia is one of just seven countries to now institute a complete ban on the production, distribution and commercialization of the substance. Journalist Ana Cecilia was diagnosed......

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Thailand Study Explores Risks of Mesothelioma

Over the last 100 years the risks of asbestos and subsequently mesothelioma has been continually explored across the world and recently a study from Thailand was published that further reveals the risks of the disease and the struggle to protect people from being exposed to it.

The target of their study was to determine the number of people in Thailand that died with traces of asbestos in their lungs in the period of one year. The analysis they conducted showed that of 200 autopsies the substance was present in nearly half......

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Mesothelioma and COVID-19

Those who already suffer with mesothelioma could be at risk of complications due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. As a respiratory illness which is rapidly spreading across Europe and the rest of the world it is greatly concerning to anyone with a pre-existing lung or breathing issue.

Mesothelioma patients should arm themselves with the necessary information and resources they need to keep themselves safe in this time.

 

What are the risks?

There are multiple risk factors COVID-19 will present for mesothelioma patients. The possibility of delaying cancer treatment is a real risk for sufferers......

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Petition of 25,000 delivered to FDA over asbestos in cosmetics

America - On 4th March, a petition with over 25,000 signatures was delivered to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on them to require a more precise method of testing for asbestos in talc. The petition was created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) along with the National Women’s Health Network, the American Association for Justice and Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity.

The petition comes after tests revealed products sold by popular retailers ‘Claire’s’ and ‘Justice’ contained traces of the deadly substance. On top of this, tests governed by......

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