Monthly Archives: October 2015

Asbestos death 50 years after exposure

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It normally lies dormant within the body for several decades, with a latency period of 20 to 30 years being common. The death of a former carpenter exposed to asbestos in his youth, however, shows that this dreadful disease can take even longer […]

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UK asbestos eradication law proposed

A new Bill has been proposed that could see the formalised, planned removal of asbestos from all public buildings in the UK. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health is calling for an eradication law that would address the ongoing issue of asbestos exposure, and protect the health of future generations. It has […]

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What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous mineral that naturally occurs in the ground. In fact, six different minerals can be described as ‘asbestos’ and are all known carcinogens. Its prolific use in the construction industry to provide fireproofing and insulation products, has meant that even though it was officially banned in this country in 1999, the […]

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Deadly legacy of asbestos in Armley

Armley Lodge is an unlikely area to be considered a substantial health risk to residents. Located close to woodland, it is a suburb of Leeds that was unfortunate enough to also be the site of an asbestos factory until the late 1950s. Asbestos manufacturers JW Roberts Ltd (later known as Turner & Newall, or T&N) […]

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