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Company fined following unlicensed asbestos removal from primary school

A construction company has been fined after it carried out unsafe and unlicensed asbestos removal during the refurbishment works in a junior school in Dursley.
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Updated online Asbestos Essentials for Non-Licensed work with asbestos

Asbestos Essentials online task sheets provide information for those in the building maintenance and allied trades on safe work with asbestos. The suite of free-to-download HSE Asbestos Essentials task sheets has been reviewed and updated. There is more emphasis on the importance of appropriate information, instruction and training. The sheets now indicate whether specific tasks […]
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HSL: Asbestos ? Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises ? Buxton, 5 Sept 2017

This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012). The course information is also applicable to the management of ‘domestic premises’, such as landlords’ duties for rented accommodation.
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HSL: Asbestos ? Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises ? Buxton, 18 July 2017

This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012). The course information is also applicable to the management of ‘domestic premises’, such as landlords’ duties for rented accommodation.
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HSL: Asbestos ? Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises ? Buxton, 16 May 2017

This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012). The course information is also applicable to the management of ‘domestic premises’, such as landlords’ duties for rented accommodation.
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Fine for two companies following asbestos investigation in Surrey

Two companies have been fined after unsafe asbestos work was carried out on a property in Leatherhead, Surrey.
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Contractor fined for poor asbestos assessment

A Bedfordshire based contractor has been fined after failing to carry out suitable assessment of asbestos removal work.
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HSL: Asbestos ? Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises ? Buxton, 14 Mar 2017

This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012). The course information is also applicable to the management of ‘domestic premises’, such as landlords’ duties for rented accommodation.
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Bury demolition contractor fined for failing to prevent exposure to Asbestos

A demolition contractor has been sentenced after admitting illegally removing asbestos from a building he was working on.
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Asbestos Analyst fined for falsifying documents

An asbestos analyst has been fined after he falsified an asbestos air clearance certificate, following licensed asbestos removal in Manchester.
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Asbestos removal firm fined after poor safety practices

Midlands based firm Enviro-Safe Limited have been fined for failing to meet the standards required when removing asbestos.
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Essex Companies fined after employees exposed to asbestos

Two Essex-based companies have been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos over a period of years, despite knowing of its presence, in units that they occupied in Manor Road Trading Estate, Benfleet.
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Asbestos removal supervisor fined for exposing workers to deadly fibres

An asbestos removal supervisor has been sentenced after admitting exposing numerous workers to deadly asbestos fibres during licensed asbestos removal works.
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HSL: Asbestos ? Managing asbestos in domestic and non-domestic premises ? Buxton, 17 Jan 2017

This one-day coursegives youthe knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012).
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Bolton night club owner fined over asbestos exposure

A Bolton night club owner has been sentenced after admitting a failure to carry out a survey for asbestos before starting on the refurbishment of a local night club.
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Company expose family to risk of asbestos

A Hertfordshire-based home improvement company has been fined after the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property.
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Essex school fined after refurbishment disturbs asbestos

An Essex school has been fined after poorly-planned and managed refurbishment and maintenance activities exposed school staff and others to asbestos.
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Motor Manufacturer Fined over Asbestos Contamination

A motor manufacturer has been fined after discovery of asbestos boarding panels contaminated a site.
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Managing asbestos in domestic and non-domestic premises ? Buxton, 19 July 2016

This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012).
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Managing asbestos in domestic and non-domestic premises ? Buxton, 17 May 2016

This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
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Online Training - Some FAQs Answered

Q. Does the e-Learning asbestos awareness course comply with Law and satisfy my client or employer?

A. Your legal requirements are laid down in Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 which place a duty on employers to provide information, instruction and training on asbestos. The Approved Code of Practice L143 details the various types of training required and paragraphs 126 and 127 detail the specific requirements for asbestos awareness training and states that it should cover topics in appropriate detail, by means of both written and oral presentation, and by demonstration as necessary.
The Asbestos Specialists e-Learning asbestos awareness course does indeed meet the need of Approved Code of Practice L143, as it contains written (presentation) content, the same content as we provide on an in-house face-to-face training courses. The content follows the recommended syllabus as laid down within the ACoPL143. We also include comprehensive oral instructional and presentational narrated voice-overs that are consistent and can be replayed as often as the learner requires and of course we supply visual demonstration in the form of videos, photographs and interactive user friendly learning. The course specifically designed to comply with these legal requirements by competent industry experts with many years experience in all aspects of asbestos training. We also ensured that the e-learning format was also designed and constructed by experts within the ‘virtual learning’ sector.
Q. Do I need to be a ‘computer expert’ to do the course?
A. Definitely not! The course was designed with simplicity in mind. We understand that even today some people find the internet and using computers a little daunting so we designed the programme to be user friendly and simple to navigate. The course is compatible with Windows and all other computer systems and formats. You can use either a laptop or desktop PC to complete the training, and the only additional equipment would be a set of speakers, (although most computers will have built in speakers) which will be suitable for the audio content of the training course. The course is also compatible with most modern smart phones and tablets.
Q. How long does the course take to complete?
A. It is entirely up to you! Once you’re on the course and you are comfortable with the navigation etc, you can spend as long as you want! However we recommend that you allocate approximately 60-90 minutes to comfortably complete the course.

Q. Is there test for me to complete?
A. It is extremely good e-learning practice to include an ‘assessment’ or ‘test’ on any e-learning training course. You will be asked questions after each section that you complete as you go through the course. You will also need to complete an end of course assessment that comprises of 15 multiple choice questions.

Q. Can I fail the course?
A. You can fail, but it is unlikely, and even if you do we will give you a total of 2 attempts to pass. In the unlikely event that you fail both attempts, we will offer you an alternative way of gaining an asbestos awareness certificate.

Q. How soon can I get my certificate?
A. When you successfully complete the course, your certification is sent through to the email address that you entered whilst registering. If you don’t think that you have received this email, be sure to check your junk/spam files before getting in touch.

And Finally…
Its now up to you
Just remember: no matter what type of training you as an employer or self employed person may undertake, you are legally required to ensure that the course that you do obtain fulfills your duties laid down in requirements of the relevant legislation. You must ensure that the course is designed and provided by competent and independently audited training providers.
Standards have to be met; we believe that The Asbestos Specialists meets those standards. We have invested heavily in training materials and systems to ensure that we help you to meet all of your legal requirements.
Our e-Learning asbestos awareness training course meets legal requirements for content and consistency, many do not!. So be aware that if you obtain and use an asbestos awareness e-Learning course YOU must ensure that it meets the standards - where it does not, the threat of enforcement could be waiting. As a company striving to be the best, in 2011, we came up with our tag line: ”...It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation...” and we stand by it!
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Asbestos kills 47,000 Europeans a year, report finds

Up to 47,000 people are dying each year across Europe because of asbestos-related cancer, according to a new report published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).

The report by Dr Jukka Takala, President of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and former Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, claims that previous estimates of asbestos-related mortality have failed to take into account the number of lung cancer cases caused by exposure to asbestos.

Dr Takala estimates that in total, 46,919 deaths in the European Union (EU) each year are attributable to lung cancer and mesothelioma caused by asbestos, with 15,180 in the UK alone.

The report, Eliminating occupational cancer in Europe and globally, says that occupational cancer is the biggest killer in the workplace in high-income countries, causing around 5.3-8.4% of all cancer cases worldwide.
Cancer caused by work has a high mortality rate and is also rising due to growing life expectancy and reductions in other causes of work related fatalities (such as accidents). However occupational cancers should be the easiest ones to tackle as they can be prevented by reducing or eliminating exposure to carcinogens, the report says.

Dr Takala is calling for the launch of an international programme to eliminate work-related cancer, following the World Health Organisations model of elimination of smallpox, and says that the EU should be a key driver in the process. He recommends a full implementation of the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) programme across Europe and the introduction of binding occupational exposure limits and enforcement across Europe.

Commenting on the report, Laurie Kazan-Allen, co-ordinator of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat. Said: “Time and time again, civil society groups have pressed the European Commission and European Union to take co-ordinated and decisive action on the asbestos hazard. The political will to engage with this crisis has been sorely lacking. In light of the new data, the authorities should make good on their promise to constitute a European Asbestos Taskforce as a matter of utmost urgency.
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Are you ready for CDM Regulations 2015?

Just recently implemented and still going through a transitional time scale to allow compliance, we thought it would be a good idea to let our extensive list of corporate clients know about the main changes to the Construction Design &
Management Regulations (CDM).


The Regulations have created a new position/role called the “Principal Designer’. The role of principal designer doesn’t have to be an individual; it can also be an organisation. To fulfil the role of the Principal Designer, the person or the organisation must be a designer on the project and be in a position to have control and influence over the design. The Principal Designer will have the authority to influence the management of health and safety on the CDM project.

It is anticipated that the Principal Designer will be an existing member of the design team and will have responsibility for the pre-construction phase of the project.


With these new Regulations the role of the CDM Co-ordinator is to be removed. The ‘old role’ of the CDM Co-ordinator will be split between the Principal Designer, the client and the Principal Contractor.


An important note to make is that under CDM 2015 the client is given more responsibility. These additional responsibilities/duties are intended to reflect their ability to set standards for a project and to increase their influence on the health and safety aspects throughout the life of a CDM project.


Without many of the older exemptions its important to know that all of CDM 2015 will apply to projects, this is whether or not they are notifiable.


Under the new CDM 2015 Regulations the notification requirements have been revised. Now its important that you know that the project needs to be notified to the HSE where it is scheduled to last more than 30 working days and have more than 20 workers on site at the same time (this is at any point in the project), or where it exceeds 500 person days. This change will mean that fewer projects will require the project notification. With regards to the notification it is now the client’s duty to ensure that this happens, if appropriate. The application of the notification will no longer give rise to any additional duties.


In the previous CDM Regulations of 2007, only notifiable projects will have required a CDM co-ordinator, now however under the new CDM 2015 Regulations a principal designer MUST be appointed whenever there is more than one contractor working on a project.


The previous duty laid down within CDM Regulations 2007, which applied to those appointing Duty-holders to ensure their competence is now amended. The requirement in CDM Regulations 2015 is now to ensure that they have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and (where appropriate) organisational capability to fulfil the role that they are being appointed to.


CDM 2015 will apply to all clients i.e. anyone for whom a construction project is carried out and so domestic clients will now also have duties under the Regulations (although those duties will differ from the duties on commercial clients). Domestic clients will be able to delegate their duties to a contractor or the principal designer.

Our Management of asbestos training courses will of course reflect these changes, we will also include these changes in our Management refresher courses, and our industry leading Duty to Manage Asbestos courses which are available online or at venues across the UK. If you need more information, just give our professional training advice team a call!
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Companies and individuals should join Trade Associations because…

Trade Associations sit at the heart of their industry and offer many benefits to members. These benefits include money saving activities such as free advice on many issues, access to special rates through affinity services and regulatory cost avoidance, which can often cost a significant sum of money on the open market.

Associations are seen as the voice of their sector and able to represent all their members at every level. Associations therefore provide government and other authorities with the peace of mind that they are getting a fully considered view of what is good for the sector. This is an extremely powerful asset for members and as the membership base grows so does the Trade Association’s authority.

Associations are trusted and central to their industry. This means they can uniquely offer a wide range of information and services nobody else can easily provide in a range of communications methods.

This can include collation of sensitive information to provide an industry wide statistical report service, or the management of a consumer code of conduct. Associations are often in a position to offer specialist advice, particularly of a technical or legal and commercial nature, which are not necessarily readily available to small and medium sized organisations.

Some will also offer a consultancy service or an expert witness service on behalf of members if necessary. Associations often undertake specific projects, which benefit members or the industry as a whole.

Members would have an excellent opportunity to become involved first hand and influence the outcome of these projects should they choose to. Associations facilitate the opportunity for members to network with their peers at conferences, Exhibitions and other events whilst they are learning about issues which may affect their business.
Associations provide immediate updates regarding changes in industry technical standards, policy and news which are disseminated to members and provide an early warning system with advice on how to deal with the issues which may be encountered as a result.

Associations often offer commercial benefits through negotiated deals with approved suppliers. Some Trade Associations negotiate excellent deals with suppliers for products, which their members may wish to utilise. Typically these may include preferential rates for insurance, road recovery for fleet vehicles, health and safety and employment law services. Enhancement of a company’s reputation often follows joining a Trade Association. For many industries, membership of the industry association is seen as a badge of quality, particularly for those industries which are heavily regulated such as the asbestos awareness and asbestos removal industries.

UKasl are now fully audited by IATP for Non Licensed Removal and On-line Asbestos Awareness. Please see page 4:
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The role of trade associations in maintaining standards.

A ‘trade association’, also known as an ‘industry trade group’, ‘business association’ or ‘sector association’, is an organisation founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry sector.

As far back as 2007 The Asbestos Specialists were involved in the first attempt by training providers, in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive to raise standards in the asbestos training industry with founder member status of The Asbestos Training Providers Working Group (ATPWG). This working group established a code of conduct which training providers committed to prove competence and improve the standards of training offered.

The Asbestos Specialists were one of the founder members of the two main trade associations, (IATP and UKATA) which promote high level of standards to their members by way of stringent entry requirements. These trade associations liaise with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) on a regular basis, keeping up to date with legislation and guidance changes.

Although close contact between these two trade associations (UKATA & IATP) and the HSE is maintained, neither association is ‘favoured’ or endorsed by them. Trade associations are not government bodies, nor are they to act as enforcement; they promote through the membership a higher level training standards to benefit those who undergo the training from the members of that respective trade association.

There are NO current legal requirements or PLANNED legal requirements for asbestos training providers to be a member of ANY trade association such as UKATA or IATP to be able to offer or carry out asbestos training courses. We as a training provider are members of both of these associations, we are audited by these organisations and these audits will show that we are a ‘competent’ training provider in the delivery and content of various courses we offer.

What does this mean to you?
Well simply put it means you can be assured that the courses we offer either by way of our online systems or face to face are of the highest standard giving you peace of mind and ensuring your employees get the training they need to keep them safe from the hazards of asbestos whilst working on site.
Take a look around our site, choose your course, give us a call, we are here to advise you and help you make the right choice!
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New Approval for our training courses.

Over 4000 workers each year....20 trades people each week.....tens of thousands of past members dying from the disease....asbestos related diseases and the statistics behind it, continue to be rolled out year after year. The fact remains that asbestos related diseases are not ‘just another old man's disease’ it affects many and can ‘and often does’ result in deaths.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations have for many years stipulated that employers and the self employed undertake statutory training to protect their employees and of course themselves from exposure to asbestos whilst at work.
The Asbestos Specialists have been at the forefront of all forms of asbestos related training since the formation of the company in 2003 and still maintain a formidable reputation for the delivery of only the highest standards of training to you and your employees.

Maintaining standards is at the forefront of our business strategy and always satisfying our client’s demands and requirements are paramount to our business growth.

We now hold IATP approval
The Asbestos Specialists have always been quality driven when it comes down to maintaining our position as the UKs largest and most successful asbestos training provider. That is why today we are further pleased to announce that The Independent Training Providers (IATP) has just successfully audited us for the provision of Non-Licensed Works with ACMs and NNLW training courses. Our membership of IATP is now added to our already growing list of approval bodies such as UKATA and RoSPA. Our approval from IATP covers our industry leading asbestos awareness online training course.

Our Managing Director Les Cooper commenting on the new membership said;

“ We are extremely pleased to have passed another stringent audit of our first class training courses. IATP are a forward thinking asbestos training approval organisation. We are looking forward to working with IATP in any way we can to improve standards within the asbestos training industry”.

If you require Non-Licensed Works with ACMs training or indeed Asbestos Awareness training (face to face or online) then don’t hesitate to call us for a competitive quotation. As an added benefit to those clients who do not require a UKATA produced certificate, the IATP certificated asbestos awareness course will not carry an expiry date, as this is not a legal requirement.
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True Cost of Training……and our alternative.

Historically training your employees in any form has always been seen as an expensive, time consuming and at sometimes-inconvenient burden on even the smallest of organisations. As the UK comes out of one of the hardest recessions in history and companies are finding their way into profitability again, training is just another consideration for budgetary considerations.

The traditional method of classroom-based training is now beginning to be seen as an unsatisfactory and non cost effective means of education for employees………now alternatives are available. When setting training programmes and allocating budgets for training, companies need to consider the cost of training against other areas of expenditure within the business.

So what is the alternative?
In recent times it has become evident that e-learning can play a significant role in organisational learning strategies and in turn can have a major impact on company performance. E- Learning’s ability to reduce costs and provide a more efficient delivery of learning is fast becoming a necessity for many organisations. This is backed by the HSE’s recent recognition of e-learning as a viable delivery method for Asbestos Awareness Training.

So what are the benefits of e-learning?
• Self-paced 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
• Self-paced 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
• There is no travel time.
• No subsistence costs.
• Training at times to suit you.
• No downtime.
• Proven increased knowledge retention.

The Asbestos Specialists have developed an innovative UKATA approved Asbestos Awareness e-learning course, replicating the classroom-based training they provide both in technical content and style. The course is both cost effective and operationally beneficial to organisations with the assurance that the content is both engaging and of the highest industry standards. If you have a requirement for asbestos awareness training, there’s no one better placed to help you comply with your legal duties than The Asbestos Specialists………we know training, so you’ll know asbestos.
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Asbestos 'snowballs' cancer pay out..

As the death rates from asbestos exposure continue to increase it is another sad fact that this deadly fibre and the diseases associated with it are not just restricted to the older industries and today’s refurbishment industries. Lately another story has come to light, which details the disturbing effects of asbestos exposure to those people who lived near the factories and industries producing the many thousands of tons of Asbestos Containing Materials throughout the UK.

The Cape Asbestos Company was a major employer in the small mining town of Bowburn County Durham. As the mining industry went into decline Cape provided alternative employment for hundreds of local people from in an around the County Durham areas. The sad legacy of asbestos related diseases contracted by these workers employed by Cape has been a well-known known fact since the factory closed many years ago. In fact controversy still exists today regarding the land where the factory once stood due to wrangles over potentially contaminated land from the demolition of the plant.
I have read with interest the story recently of Caroline Wilcock who is now currently suffering from Mesothelioma.......not because she worked in the plant but simply due to her childhood exploits as a youngster playing in the streets of the village where she grew up. Here is the article which tells of Caroline’s sad plight:

A woman who has terminal cancer after making asbestos "snowballs" with dust from a local factory as a child has received a "substantial" payment from its parent company.

Caroline Wilcock grew up by an asbestos plant in Bowburn, County Durham.
Now living in London, she said: "I feel I had a responsibility to the community I grew up in to pursue my claim." Cape Intermediate Holdings Plc - previously known as The Cape Asbestos Company - settled out of court.

Miss Wilcock's claim stated she suffered from asbestos poisoning between 1967 and 1983.
The 51-year-old was diagnosed with the fatal lung condition mesothelioma three years ago.
"My case establishes that the people of Bowburn were exposed to the dangers of asbestos over forty years ago and were largely unaware or unable to do anything to protect themselves and their children," she said.

"I am angry that I and other children came into contact with asbestos whilst playing in our village and around our homes and feel certain that my case will not be in isolation."
Local knowledge gathered for the case included recollections of children using asbestos dust on window ledges and cars for "snowballs". Others are said to have written messages in it, or used lumps that fell from the plant's wagons as an alternative to chalk.
The firm that operated the factory no longer exists so Miss Wilcock's claim was made against its successor.

Source: BBC
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What are the most common myths about asbestos?

Back by popular demand....and another one of our original blogs...this interesting little article was first published in August 2014. We thought it would be a good idea to revisit an old 'chestnut in the asbestos training game' here we go, what you really need to know about the myths and facts of this mysterious mineral.

MYTH: Chrysotile (white asbestos is safe.

FACT: Since 95% of all asbestos used in the UK is chrysotile (white) asbestos; it would be cheaper for businesses and less worrisome for the general public if this type of material was classified as non-carcinogenic. However, medical research has linked all types of asbestos, including chrysotile, to asbestos diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Therefore, any asbestos-containing material must be treated as hazardous and dealt with according to current HSE Regulations and guidance.

MYTH: You can tell that a material contains asbestos just by looking at it.

FACT: Asbestos was used in thousands of different construction materials and consumer products between 1920-1978. Because asbestos took so many different forms, it is not possible to tell if something contains asbestos just by looking at it. The only way to tell for sure if a material contains asbestos is to have a sample of it tested at a lab. Always have suspect materials tested before beginning any refurbishment or demolition project.

MYTH: It is safe to remove asbestos-containing materials yourself.

FACT: Disturbing asbestos-containing materials may release fibres into the air, which, if inhaled or swallowed can cause serious diseases. Removal of asbestos without proper training, equipment, or safety precautions may also cause asbestos fibres to contaminate large areas of a home, school, or workplace. Therefore, asbestos-containing materials should only be handled by fully trained, competent and fully insured contractors......also be aware that you may also require the use of HSE licensed contractors who are specially trained and licensed by the HSE to deal with the highest risk materials..

MYTH: The symptoms of asbestos disease will begin to appear immediately or soon after exposure.

FACT: The latency period for the development of asbestos disease is generally 10-40 years after the initial exposure. Although it is possible for the latency period to be shorter, all asbestos-related diseases do not develop in a few hours or days like a cold or the flu.

MYTH: Asbestos diseases are contagious.

FACT: Asbestos diseases are not caused by viruses and are not, therefore, contagious. Asbestos diseases are caused by the body's reactions to asbestos fibres that may be breathed in or swallowed. It is possible, however, for people who work around asbestos to expose their spouses and children to significant levels of asbestos fibres brought home on their work clothes. Asbestos contaminated clothes should not be worn home and should never be washed in the household washing machine.

The best way to protect against asbestos disease is to prevent exposure to any kind of asbestos material.

Need to know more about asbestos? our UKATA approved and RoSPA approved courses? just give us a call our book direct from the website!

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Tragic mum was exposed to the 'lightest dusting' of asbestos.

“So how much asbestos does it take to result in an asbestos related disease or death” After 20 years in the asbestos related training industry I must have had that question asked numerous time! Experts have never established a safe level nor have they have ever established a level at which the diseases or deaths are caused at.

Of course its imperative that we always avoid any exposure to asbestos at all times, in fact it’s a legal requirement that as an employee your employer has a very strict legal requirement to ensure that you are protected from asbestos at all times whilst at work. If you are self-employed, then that legal requirement also extends to you.

The protection of others not in your direct employment such as members of the public, other sub-contractors and even tenants is also strictly controlled by statutory acts of Parliament such as The Health & safety at Work 1974 and many others.

With over 4,500 deaths each year from asbestos related diseases equating to over 20 trades persons a week dying from this deadly fibre.....its quite easy to understand why and how these deaths can happen.

Millions of tons of asbestos were used in millions of properties in all sectors throughout the UK including, schools, hospitals, public buildings, industrial and commercial properties and of course domestic properties.
The peak periods of the use of asbestos in buildings was between 1950’s and 1980’s and subsequently buildings of that age group have been constantly worked on, maintained and demolished since those times.

Subsequently thousands of workers have disturbed the materials or of course have been involved in the installation of asbestos products.....resulting in large scale exposure to asbestos fibres over sustained periods of time or perhaps even short periods of time but constant smaller levels of exposure?

But sometimes asbestos-related deaths and disease strike at those who don’t fit into any of those criteria? The story of Jane Garner and her fight against asbestos related disease is sadly one of those cases.

Described by the coroner as “unusual” it’s a tragic tale yet again of the un-predictable nature of asbestos and the extent of related deaths not attributed to the industries where workers were exposed in ‘heavy’ amounts of ‘long periods of time’....

Here is Jane Garners story:
A popular mum developed an incurable cancer after ‘the lightest dusting’ of exposure to asbestos as a teenager – an inquest has heard.
Penny Jane Garner, 46, died in March this year, after a three-year battle with malignant mesothelioma, a terminal cancer linked to exposure to asbestos.

At an inquest, lung cancer specialist Dr Simon Taggart described the case of Ms Garner, who lived on Woodlands Avenue, Peel Green, Salford, as one of the most unusual he has ever seen.
He said the mum-of-three may have been exposed to a ‘sudden burst’ of asbestos or could have come into contact with the substance in several places, which had an accumulative effect.
He said: “It’s unusual, but Penny is unusual. She died at 46 and her lungs were healthy. The average age of mesothelioma sufferers in Salford is upwards of 70 years old.
“This is the lightest dusting of exposure I have ever seen.”
Bolton Coroners’ Court heard that Ms Garner was ‘devastated’ when an attempt to sue Salford council and Ardwick-based building firm P McGuiness and Co, which demolished Seedley swimming baths, was unsuccessful.
The seamstress believed demolition of the baths had exposed her to deadly fibres while she was a child playing at neighbouring Seedley Primary School, but a High Court ruling found neither party was responsible.
Ms Garner was initially given antibiotics for pneumonia before doctors discovered she was suffering from mesothelioma.
The inquest heard she may have been exposed to asbestos while working at a textiles factory in her late teens. Deborah Hopwood, who worked with Ms Garner at a factory during the 1980s, said ‘cracked’ floor tiles, clothes presses and heating pipes used at the workplace may have contained asbestos.
Coroner Jennifer Leeming said Ms Garner’s ‘shocking’ death was a result of industrial disease and added: “I was so touched by what you said about Penny and how cruel what had happened to her was.”
Speaking after the inquest, Ms Garner’s mum Jane Garner, 66, said she was shocked her daughter could have developed a terminal illness from such a low exposure to asbestos.
She said: “It’s just so sad that with such a low exposure she passed away.
“She was a lovely, hard working mother, who adored her children and loved her jobs.”

Source: Manchester Evening News
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