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November in Review

Here’s a roundup of November’s talking points from the world of Asbestos that we haven’t already covered on the blog.

Asbestos Prosecution Following Gas Explosion in Chippenham

During November, a case was brought to Salisbury Magistrates Court in regard to a gas explosion in a flat in Chippenham during October of 2017 after construction work had taken place as part of flat developments.

After the explosion, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) began an investigation the results of which found that the company contracted to advise and manage these developments, Prestige EA Ltd......

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Yorkshire University Opening Centre For Asbestos Diseases Research

A brand-new research centre, the Mesothelioma UK Research Centre - Sheffield (MURC-S) has opened up at the University of Sheffield this week. This centre will focus on research into finding the best possible ways to prevent and treat the disease of mesothelioma that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Their eventual aim as explained by the centre’s co-director, Prof Angela Mary Tod is to possibly find a cure to the terminal illness.

Ms Tod also from the University of Sheffield Health Sciences School explained the devastating impact of the deadly disease......

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Duty-Holders Warned to Continue Managing Asbestos During Lockdown

A joint statement by asbestos professionals, alongside certain UK trade bodies, implored all of those who have are responsible for locations and materials to continue keeping track and managing the asbestos in these sites and materials as the country goes through a second lockdown.. The release of this statement coincides with the continuing confusion surrounding which activities relating to the control and maintenance of asbestos are allowed during lockdown conditions. The confusion extends to duty-holders and the understanding of their legal duties named under the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 which remain......

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Secondary Exposure Case Sets New Precedent

As employers who dealt with asbestos related injury claims would know, these cases also typically involve secondary exposure. Those affected by secondary exposure are people who, despite not working directly with asbestos, are in close enough proximity to the material when it has been disturbed. The disagreement that usually arises in these cases is around whether or not the exposure was significant enough to have caused the claimants’ condition. A recent case, that of ‘Bannister v Freeman’ revolved around this exact issue. Mr Bannister worked in a four storey Victorian building as an......

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Asbestos In Talc

Despite the fact that asbestos is banned in many countries across the world, there are still a huge number of products made containing this material. These include baby powder, makeup and other cosmetics. Even though products that feature talcum powder are still popular they contain hidden dangers to human health. One of the largest businesses that have been experiencing recent legal issue over asbestos being found in their talc products is Johnson & Johnson. Many lawsuits were filed after asbestos traces were found in their baby powder, which was recently dropped by the......

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County with asbestos history looking to increase testing

Lincoln County, America, has a long and difficult history with asbestos, the legacy of which is having a real impact during the current coronavirus pandemic.

In Libby, Lincoln’s county seat, they used to mine vermiculite, which was contaminated with asbestos, until its close in 1990. As a result, it has been calculated by community officials that approximately 25% of residents suffer with various illnesses related to asbestos exposure. As COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, people from this county are at a high risk if infected.

As part of the County's coronavirus testing strategy, it......

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Hospitals at Risk of Ventilator Shortage

Health services across the globe are currently facing a strain like never before due to the continuing Coronavirus pandemic. Due to the quantity of patients being seen, certain pieces of life-saving equipment are in scarce supply, one in particular is the mechanical ventilator.

One of the many issues with this shortage is that it’s not only those suffering from COVID-19 that are need of these lifesaving pieces of equipment. For example, those who have asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma are also in vital need of these ventilators to support their......

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Asbestos in Post 2000 Buildings

While most of the buildings in the UK containing asbestos were built prior to its complete ban in new constructions 1999, that doesn’t mean that it still can’t be found in new buildings.

There are still many instances where the deadly material has been transported onto the premises of newer builds with inhabitants completely unaware. This is due to a loophole in the regulations that meant materials in use prior to the ban were exempt from the new legislation.

As such, pre-existing material stock that contained the toxic substance were allowed to......

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Australia Bushfires May Lead to Disruption of Asbestos

As you may have seen on the news recently, Australia has been hit by a spate of wildfires due to record temperatures in recent months. In conjunction with the devastating impact on the country’s wildlife and the effects of its smoke on air quality, it’s perhaps understandable that the threat of from asbestos has been neglected.

Along with many other countries through the 20th Century, Australia used asbestos for much of its construction following the First and Second World Wars. The use of asbestos in cement, known as ‘Fibro’, roofing and......

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