Monthly Archives: January 2016

Asbestos and the Railway Industry

The fire-retardant properties of asbestos made it ideal for use in the railway industry. Its main purpose was for lagging pipe work and boilers, but the substance was also found in brake pads and insulating materials. In fact, dangerous asbestos sprays were commonly used throughout trains to insulate carriages and engines. This prolific use during […]

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Teaching profession at risk of asbestos exposure

The fact that our schools contain high levels of asbestos is not in dispute, but the Department for Education remains unwilling to accept that the continuing presence of asbestos poses a significant danger to staff and pupils. A recent survey of school buildings commissioned by the government, reportedly costing £20 million, specifically excluded asbestos. The […]

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Asbestos factory owners attempt to discredit journalists

A report in The Independent has revealed that executives at Turner and Newall asbestos manufacturers attempted to cover up the dangers of exposure to asbestos by creating a smear campaign against journalists. Researchers for a television documentary shown on Yorkshire Television during the 1980s were reportedly spied upon and deliberately discredited by bosses at the […]

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Breaches of asbestos regulations, and how HSE respond

Two recent breaches of asbestos regulations have demonstrated the extent of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) powers in dealing with offenders. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, intended to protect UK workers from the dangers of asbestos, are enforced by HSE who bring prosecutions for breaches of this and the Health and Safety at Work […]

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Scottish Centre of Excellence proposed for work-related lung disorders

Proposals have been made to establish a Scottish-based Centre of Excellence for work-related lung disorders. It is hoped that it will help to identify and provide much-needed support to sufferers of debilitating and life-threatening asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. MSP Hugh Henry of the Scottish Parliament will also introduce a motion for Glasgow’s Queen […]

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