Monthly Archives: August 2015

UKATA launch new ‘About Asbestos’ page

The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) has recently launched a new page on their website with information about asbestos – what it looks like, where it might be found and how you should deal with it. Here are some of the most important points to consider if you are an employed or self-employed tradesperson, and […]

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Risk of asbestos in UK hospitals

According to the BBC, an investigation is underway into claims that a Shropshire hospital failed to deal effectively with the potential presence of asbestos in its buildings. The claims that asbestos was present were originally made in 2012 when a project manager at the hospital reported damaged material, that he suspected was asbestos, close to […]

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Fear of asbestos at Earls Court

Demolition works at the Earls Court Exhibition centres have raised concerns about how asbestos has been removed from the site, and the potential danger to health for those living and working in the area. Members of the London Assembly have called for an investigation into the works which began at the end of 2014. The […]

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Asbestos found at Stonehenge

During works carried out on a new visitor centre at Stonehenge, the Daily Mail reports that ‘bricks’ of asbestos were brought to the site by mistake. It is understood that this may have contaminated some of the top soil used on improvement works around the site. English Heritage’s intention to return the former A344 to chalky […]

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Asbestos found in children’s crayons

A warning has been issued to parents after asbestos was found in children’s crayons and crime scene toys imported from China into the United States. Tests on the toys and crayons were commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Group. According to the Daily Mail, 28 boxes of crayons were tested, four of which […]

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Asbestos exposure not “a thing of the past”

Speakers at a recent conference held by charity Asbestos Action Tayside have reiterated the fact that exposure to asbestos is not only a historical issue. The continued presence of asbestos in all buildings constructed prior to 2000 may cause ongoing health issues for future generations. Many campaign groups fear an ‘explosion’ of asbestos-related illness, with […]

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Asbestos danger lurking in our homes

The dangers posed by asbestos have become all too real for a family in Wales. The contractors hired to refit their kitchen failed to deal correctly with floor tiles containing asbestos, which led to fibres and dust being released into the air. Father of their two young children, Kevin Henry, notified the council of his […]

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