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    Reducing the danger from asbestos in non-domestic buildings: why the government is falling short

    During such a tumultuous time at the top of politics, it is more important than ever that those of us in Parliament do all we can to ensure that the government does not take its eye off the ball when it comes to the issues that matter to the public.

    By Stephen Timms MP on 02 November 2022

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    Government refuses to support asbestos removal plan

    The government has rejected recommendations to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings within a timeframe of 40 years.

    By on 29 July 2022


    MPs set 40-year deadline for asbestos removal from workplaces

    Asbestos must be removed from all non-domestic buildings within 40 years, a select committee inquiry has found.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 21 April 2022

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    Weighing up our past mistakes in regulating asbestos

    We are all too familiar with the impact and legacy issues resulting from the widespread use of asbestos in the UK.

    By Colette Willoughby, National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants (NORAC) on 04 April 2022

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    Asbestos in schools: government must start to fund its removal

    The ban on the importation and use of asbestos in the UK by a Labour government back in 1999 was welcomed by those who had campaigned for it and by health and safety professionals who had to deal with the deadly substance on a daily basis.

    By John McClean, Joint Union Asbestos Committee on 04 April 2022

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    Clearing the air on asbestos dangers to women

    Asbestos is killing more and more women every year. But evidence shows many still aren’t aware of the disease and how it can be acquired at work. This indicates they are more at risk.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 04 April 2022

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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