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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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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