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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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Everything you need to know about asbestos

Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous mineral that naturally occurs in the ground. For nearly 150 years, it was widely used to create fireproofing, insulating, and soundproofing products. Six different minerals can be described as ‘asbestos’ and are all known carcinogens, though the three main types used in Britain were chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite.  Their prolific […]

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The characteristics of amosite and associated health risks

Amosite is characterised by needle-like fibres that offer good resistance to heat, and have strong insulating properties. For these reasons, it was a common addition to construction materials in many countries around the world. ‘Amosite’ is actually an acronym and trade name for grunerite, a member of the amphibole group of minerals. It was largely […]

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Asbestos found near Eastenders set

The recent discovery of asbestos near to Elstree Studios, where Eastenders and Holby City is filmed, caused concern for the cast’s health and safety earlier this week. Reports in the press claimed they may have been exposed to asbestos fibres and dust, but this was quickly denied by the BBC. Fibre optic cables were being […]

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