Stephen Timms MP

    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 Sir Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham on 14 November 2022

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    It’s time to up our game on preventing occupational diseases

    “What gets measured gets managed.” So said Peter Drucker, the well-known management thinker. And it’s generally true. Unfortunately, when it comes to protecting the physical health of our workers from exposures that cause disease and death, we tend to count the corpses rather than focus on controlling the exposures that produce them.

    By Steve Perkins, Steve Perkins Associates Limited on 15 August 2022

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    ‘Don’t Let the Dust Settle’ on asbestos campaign reignites call for register

    A new campaign is drawing attention to the dangers of asbestos, while refusing to back down on solutions which it says could prevent thousands more people dying each year.

    By on 04 April 2023

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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

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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 18 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 05 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 on 20 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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    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 on 20 April 2020