Monthly Archives: December 2016

Asbestos bans around the world

Although asbestos has now been banned in around 56 countries, some still allow its use for certain products if specific regulations are adhered to. It’s been estimated that 140 countries still have no ban or restrictions in place, however. Holiday destinations including Thailand, Bali, India and Mexico have yet to impose a ban, but perhaps […]

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Anti-asbestos campaigns infiltrated by corporate spy

A report in the Guardian newspaper claims that the global campaign to ban asbestos has been infiltrated by a ‘spy’ working in corporate intelligence. Corporate investigation firm, K2 Intelligence Ltd, are said to have employed someone to infiltrate anti-asbestos groups around the world, with a view to uncovering their plans for obtaining an asbestos ban. […]

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Asbestos crisis in Northern Ireland homes

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is facing crisis as hundreds of homes are found to contain asbestos. Around 5,000 properties in total could potentially be affected, with tenants warned not to access certain areas of their rented properties. The Housing Executive states they are taking steps to remove the toxic substance, but serious health […]

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Personal and Respiratory Protective Equipment: What you need to use

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2012, employers are required by law to protect their workers’ health and safety. This includes the provision of awareness training for any worker likely to encounter asbestos, as well as providing appropriate personal and respiratory protective equipment. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can prosecute employers who fail in […]

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High insurance cost of asbestos claims

The cost to insurers of asbestos compensation claims has been forecast at $100 billion. It is said the asbestos industry as a whole has already paid out around $64 billion for exposing workers to the toxic substance. This rising cost of compensation for asbestos exposure can be attributed to various factors, including our increased life […]

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Relief for asbestos victims as government reverses plans to delete employment records

The government has decided to cancel plans to destroy employment records at Companies House six years after the closure of a company. The existing situation whereby records are retained for 20 years will now continue – a triumph for those who campaigned against the proposals. Asbestos illness generally manifests several decades following the original exposure, […]

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