Category Archives: Health and safety

The FM method – new way of detecting asbestos fibres in the air

Even though asbestos products were banned in the United Kingdom in 1999, nearly half of all buildings – and upwards of 75% of schools – still contain this carcinogenic material. If asbestos products are damaged, their sharp microscopic fibres are released into the air. When inhaled, asbestos can embed itself in the lungs. With proper […]

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The human price of asbestos in the UK

Industrial workers have been plagued by many work-related illnesses and injuries for centuries. Asbestos is the root of many present-day respiratory diseases caused by its the widespread use in the 20th century. British industrial workers are most at risk for contracting these conditions,  often decades after exposure to asbestos fibres. Most notable of these conditions […]

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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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HSE Asbestos Debate in Wales a “Game of Political Ping Pong”

The Welsh Government insists that responsibility for dealing with asbestos in Welsh schools lies with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and is waiting for the results of a consultation by the Department of Education before developing a database of schools under threat from the substance. This has caused some concern among members of the […]

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Asbestos Awareness Brought to the Public Attention

It’s not just tradespeople and contractors who should be aware of asbestos, members of the public also need to be informed about where asbestos may be hiding in their homes. With this in mind, the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team have organised an interactive programme currently being displayed on a huge screen in Chesterfield. Their aim […]

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Why Employers Need to Take Asbestos Awareness Training Seriously

Employers are under a legal obligation to make sure their staff undergo Asbestos Awareness training if they could come into contact with asbestos whilst working. The consequences of avoiding this duty of care are severe, as has been experienced recently by a construction company in Suffolk. Prosecution for breaching the Control of Asbestos Regulations According […]

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Changes to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme

The government scheme designed to help mesothelioma sufferers and their families is undergoing a radical change as far as payouts are concerned. Sufferers of this devastating disease, caused by exposure to asbestos, will be entitled to claim compensation to the extent of 100% of the average civil claim. Previously limited to 80%, this significant increase […]

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HSE Asbestos Awareness: Training Providers

If you are familiar with the HSE Asbestos Awareness requirements but unsure where to look for a training provider, a good place to start is with an approved association. HSE Asbestos Awareness guidelines state that training providers should have, “adequate practical experience in the asbestos sector and a theoretical knowledge of all relevant aspects of […]

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