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    Asbestos essentials

    Asbestos-related diseases claim the lives of around 5,000 people every year in the UK, making it essential that those in control of buildings containing the substance take adequate precautions to prevent it being damaged or disturbed.

    By James Dodgson, SOCOTEC on 23 April 2021

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    A day in the life

    Raymond Nye worked as a shipwright apprentice in 1957. He recalls the shocking working conditions that would lead to his wife contracting mesothelioma off the dust on his overalls.

    By Ray Nye, Mavis Nye Foundation for mesothelioma victims on 07 December 2020

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    Asbestos victims’ claims held up coronavirus

    Over 250 claims are still pending to be processed by the government for victims of asbestos related diseases, and at least fifteen people have died before seeing the payments owed to them.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 15 October 2020

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    ARCA pours cold water on asbestos app blacklisting concerns

    The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association has moved to quash concerns raised by Unite that its new ratings app could be potentially used to discriminate against workers or blacklist them.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 09 September 2020

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    Protecting young workers from asbestos

    When coronavirus is dominating the headlines, it’s easy to forget that 5,500 people will die this year due to past asbestos exposure. Yet, young people working today are also at risk. For Action Mesothelioma Day (3 July), it's time to explore the issue.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 03 July 2020

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    Managing asbestos and legionella on the railway

    There are numerous regulations relating to asbestos and legionella management which railway companies must comply with to ensure optimum protection for those using their facilities.

    By Denis Morgan and Paul Sear on 27 March 2020

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    Asbestos deaths are a thing of the past. Don’t you believe it

    The latest statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that “there were 2,526 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2017, broadly similar to the previous five years."

    By Neal Stone, McOnie on 05 April 2020

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    Rise in female mesothelioma deaths sheds new light on asbestos risk

    Britain may be facing a “new wave” of asbestos-related deaths among women, a lawyer has said after the latest HSE statistics revealed around one in six deaths from mesothelioma are females.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 27 February 2020

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    Asbestos risk to children and teachers in 676 UK schools

    Nearly 700 schools have been referred to HSE over concerns they are failing to safely manage asbestos in their buildings, potentially putting thousands of staff and pupils at risk, it has been revealed.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 July 2019

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    Climate change: learning from the asbestos story

    There can’t be many people with responsibility for or interest in workplace health and safety unaware of the risks to health from inhaling asbestos fibres, or of the terrible toll of thousands of lives shortened by the diseases caused including its unique cancer, mesothelioma.

    By Lawrence Waterman OBE on 29 May 2019