Monthly Archives: September 2016

Asbestos friability: What does it mean?

“Easily crumbled or reduced to powder” From the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) definition of friability, it’s easy to see why the condition of asbestos-containing materials is one of the most important issues when assessing their risk. The most dangerous are characterised by high friability levels. These include sprayed asbestos coatings and loose-fill insulation, but […]

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Additional training to help doctors diagnose asbestos-related diseases

It can be particularly challenging for the medical profession when it comes to diagnosing asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, due to the characteristic long latency period, many patients only visit their GP once the illness is at an advanced stage. This can result in a referral that’s too late to significantly alter the course […]

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Asbestos and the dangers faced by firefighters

Asbestos is just one of the many hazards facing firefighters on a daily basis, but exposure to the substance doesn’t have an immediate or visible effect. Its insidious nature means that a victim’s health is compromised decades later, as the dust and fibres inhaled set up life-threatening respiratory problems. Although the likelihood of asbestos exposure […]

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