Monthly Archives: November 2016

Types of asbestos in schools

Asbestos in schools has been the topic of longstanding debate between campaigners who want it removed completely, and others including government ministers, who insist it is safe to be left if intact. Unfortunately for tradespeople and school maintenance workers, it is unlikely that schools built prior to the asbestos ban of 1999 will be free […]

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Huge impact of asbestos on Barrow shipyard workers

The dreadful legacy of asbestos has taken its toll on workers in many industries, but shipbuilding is one that has suffered considerable turmoil. Statistics show that Barrow has three times the number of asbestos deaths when compared with the national average, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Vickers Armstrong was one […]

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Tremolite, Anthophyllite and Actinolite asbestos

These three forms of asbestos may be less familiar, but still pose a significant danger to health if their fibres are inhaled. They weren’t used as prolifically in industry as crocidolite, amosite and chrysotile, but are still present in many insulating and fireproofing materials. Tremolite Tremolite (Calcium Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide) is part of the amphibole […]

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Factory fire causes asbestos scare

Four factory buildings in Wolverhampton caught fire last week, causing a health scare for local residents. It was feared that asbestos fibres might have been released during the fire, posing a health threat for those living nearby. Although many people were evacuated from their homes at the time of the fire, those who remained were […]

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Why Some Countries Will Not Ban Asbestos

In 1931, the United Kingdom introduced the first asbestos regulations to control this toxic cancer causing mineral. In 1999, sixty-eight years after that first regulation, the UK officially prohibited all use of asbestos. This happened just 16 years after Iceland became the first country to issue a complete ban on the deadly mineral. Since then, […]

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