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June in Review

Here’s a roundup of June’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos. Sydney High School Undergoes Major Asbestos Works An Australian high school recently had major work on one of its buildings due to asbestos found on the premises. The work took place between May and June of this year, with all students moved to other areas of the school. The education department for New South Wales has confirmed there is now a low risk of exposure to the material. This came after staff members raised their concerns that they had been exposed......

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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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April in Review

Here’s a roundup of April’s big talking points from the world of Asbestos. Vauxhall Park Renovation Delayed After Asbestos Discovered The renovation of Vauxhall park, costing £1.4 million, has been delayed for six months due to the asbestos being discovered in the play area when parts of it were dug up for new paths and a new playground. It was explained that the particles were there from buildings that had been demolished and not cleared during the 1950’s and 60’s. Lambeth council and their contractors, Idverde, decided on a plan to clean up the area but......

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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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