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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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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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