Monthly Archives: November 2015

Asbestos found in 80% of Derbyshire schools

It has been reported that asbestos is present in over 80% of schools in Derbyshire, a figure that illustrates the prolific use of the substance in recent decades. Asbestos was only banned in the UK in 1999, which leaves any building constructed prior to this time likely to house asbestos-containing materials. Of the 413 schools […]

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Migrants in Calais exposed to asbestos

A site in Calais that’s being used to accommodate thousands of migrants has been found to be badly contaminated with chrysotile asbestos. An estimated 6,000 migrants originally from Sudan, are now based at the site which has been called ‘Jungle 2.’ Believed to be a former dumping ground for sheets of asbestos used for roofing, […]

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Asbestos found in famous Italian opera house

Milan’s La Scala opera house was closed for major renovation works between 2002 and 2004. Its closure in 2009, however, was due to asbestos having been found in part of the ceiling over the auditorium. The area was immediately sealed off to prevent asbestos dust and fibres spreading to other areas, and work ensued to […]

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Asbestos found in counterfeit brake pads

Asbestos has been found in fake Toyota brake pads in Australia. Local buyers have been unaware the products were counterfeit, and because there is no manufacturer aligned with the items, the Australian authorities have not been able to issue a recall. Historically, asbestos was a common material used in brake pads and other car parts […]

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