Category Archives: Asbestos news

Is fracking the new asbestos?

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has approved plans to frack for shale gas at a site in Lancashire. The proposals were originally rejected by Lancashire County Council, and the government’s decision has caused anger and dismay amongst anti-fracking campaigners in the area. Concerns for the health of those living close to fracking sites, as well as […]

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Additional training to help doctors diagnose asbestos-related diseases

It can be particularly challenging for the medical profession when it comes to diagnosing asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, due to the characteristic long latency period, many patients only visit their GP once the illness is at an advanced stage. This can result in a referral that’s too late to significantly alter the course […]

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Asbestos and the dangers faced by firefighters

Asbestos is just one of the many hazards facing firefighters on a daily basis, but exposure to the substance doesn’t have an immediate or visible effect. Its insidious nature means that a victim’s health is compromised decades later, as the dust and fibres inhaled set up life-threatening respiratory problems. Although the likelihood of asbestos exposure […]

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Asbestos dangers not limited to commercial buildings

The significant danger posed by asbestos in domestic properties was brought to light recently when amosite from the loft insulation of a fire-damaged house was found in neighbouring gardens. The fatal fire caused significant damage to the roof of the house near Consett, and residents claim the roof cavity was not covered for several weeks. […]

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Asbestos products still getting through customs in Australia

Even though Australia imposed a total ban on asbestos at the end of 2003, products containing the carcinogenic material are still finding their way into the country. The Guardian recently reported on the cheap asbestos-containing materials that are slipping through Australia’s borders from India and China, and the potential implications of their use. Materials from […]

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