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Asbestos: A possible cure being developed for Mesothelioma.

There is no doubt that Mesothelioma is a terrifying and deadly disease, that has been considered to be incurable for many years, but recent research would suggest that there could be light at the end of the tunnel.

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Asbestos: The importance of regular staff medicals.

Words like mesothelioma and asbestosis strike fear into the hearts of many, but the two conditions are frequently thought to be one in the same. The truth is that they are completely different conditions and we will differentiate between them hear.

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Mesothelioma and Asbestosis: A comparison.

Words like mesothelioma and asbestosis strike fear into the hearts of many, but the two conditions are frequently thought to be one in the same. The truth is that they are completely different conditions and we will differentiate between them hear.

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86 per cent of school buildings contain asbestos

How many recall those garish multi-coloured panels that was such a familiar sight on the majority of schools up and down the country? Well chances are, these panels were probably manufactured with asbestos containing materials.

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Workplace Exposure Limits

Workplace exposure limits is a signal compliance standard developed after having Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL) with maximum exposure limits (MEL) first introduced in 1989. When the first Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations came into force were the definitions of Occupational Exposure Limits and Maximum Exposure Limits replaced by Workplace Exposure Limits (WEL) Survey Safe™ has a technical team able to deal with commercial and industrial places of work, where the Workplace exposure limits are the occupational exposure limits defined under COSHH in order to protect the employee, employer and the public.

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Controlling Noise at Work

Controlling noise at Work is part of the European Workers Directive to protect employees whilst at work from damage to hearing due to their working environment. Hearing loss is permanent once the ear becomes damaged, it does not recover and the ability to hear is lost. Ten of thousands of people are affected in the developed world, where some 17,000 people per year diagnosed in the UK with loss of hearing. The control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 started in 1989 under European Law that is only applicable to noise in the place of work. The Law does not apply to the public that is exposed to noise or non-work related activities where the individual can make an informed choice.

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Legionella Risk at Work: Re-Inspection Management

The genus Legionella is a pathogenic group of Gram-negative bacteria, that includes the species L. pneumophila that causes Legionellosis. Legionella also causes a pneumonia like illness called Legionnaires' disease and a mild flu like illness called Pontiac fever.

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Management For Re-Inspections Of Asbestos

If you are a property manager, you will need to set an annual budget to comply with the statutory requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. There is no getting away from it, completing your annual asbestos re-inspections is something you simply must do.

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Products That May Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is now recognised as a deadly material, but it can still be found in many situations and products. We should always be aware of the threat this material poses to our health and take the necessary steps to remove or encapsulate it wherever it is discovered.

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Magnesite Floor Screeds

The proper name for Magnesite is Magnesium Oxychloride, it is a white asbestos that was used in flooring in the not too distant past. Although Magnesite is rarely used in flooring screeds today, it was extremely popular from the 1920's to the 1940's for domestic applications. A considerable number of Local Authority houses that were built between 1945 and 1960 also had a lot of Magnesite used in their construction.

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Asbestos In Vermiculite

Vermiculite is the geological name given to a group of hydrated laminar minerals which are aluminium-iron-magnesium silicates, resembling mica in appearance. Rock and other impurities are removed from the crude ore which is then crushed and sorted into sizes. Vermiculite is considered to be a safe inert material and is light in colour. When heated it expands, the technical term for this is exfoliation, up to 30 times its original volume. The exfoliation process converts the dense flakes of ore into lightweight porous granules containing innumerable minute air layers. Expanded vermiculite is light and clean to handle, has a high insulation value, acoustic-insulating properties and will absorb and hold a wide range of liquids.

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Chrysotile Fuse Carriers

Asbestos components have been used in various electrical fuse boxes and their carriers, (fuse). Electricians are most at risk of handling these asbestos materials when maintaining or replacing old electrical equipment. Electricians where possible have a duty not to disturb asbestos fuse guards , but if they do then they need to ensure that the asbestos fuse carrier is disposed of safely.

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Asbestos Air Monitoring

Asbestos air testing and counting rules is now covered by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Under the phase contrast microscopy there is no distinction between fibre types only the morphology of the fibre that resembles the dimensions of an asbestos fibre.

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Asbestos Cement Roofs And Solar Panel Installation

Solar panels are becoming more popular as advances in technology are driving the efficiency of the 'silicon cell' to generate power. Industrial solar power production is now reality given the Government's grants on 'feed in' tariffs.

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Surviving Mesothelioma

Cancer related illnesses are continuing to increase despite the prediction that the death rate may have peaked. The chances of surviving asbestos related cancer with current advances in treatment remain very slim as the fibres cause pulmonary toxicity, which is not fully understood.

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Cancer Deaths From Asbestos At An All Time High

Asbestos has been widely used in building materials and construction since the 1950s. The dust produced can cause a cancer of the lung lining.

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Asbestosis

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral often used in the manufacture of insulation materials around pipes and tanks, in tiles and other building materials. It was used extensively in the 1970's because of its strength and heat resistance. People would often have a plate in the top of their ironing board and would keep a spare one for the purpose of soldering.

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Asbestos: Court Ruling Opens Way For Insurance Claims

The United Kingdom Supreme Court has recently made a ruling which could allow thousands of insurance claims by families of people who have died after exposure to asbestos.

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Asbestos Exposure At Ground Zero, New York After 9-11

On September 11th, 2001, terrorists launched an attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Thousands of innocent people perished as the towers collapsed rapidly, and the world watched in horror as the brutal reality of the events unfolded on television screens across the globe. As the towers collapsed, they left nothing but debris and rubble, this area was later to be known as "ground zero". Rescue teams were quickly formed of police officers, firefighters and many volunteers, who worked to save as many lives as they could after the attacks.

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More Prosecutions Raise The Issue Of Continuing Lax Attitude Toward Asbestos Risks

Two separate prosecutions by the Health & Safety Executive recently have highlighted just how some building companies are continuing to ignore the many dangers surrounding the issue of asbestos.

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New Asbestos Regulations Introduced But Still No Real Asbestos Awareness

An updated version of The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012) came into force recently, but judging by an awareness survey that has been conducted, there is still considerable ignorance about the the dangers of asbestos.

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Asbestos Contractor Fined After Demolishing An Asbestos Filled Building

Recently a building contractor has been heavily fined for demolishing a building without first carrying out the required asbestos survey.

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Asbestos Is A Hidden Health Hazard In Millions Of Homes

Not many people realise that asbestos was only finally banned in the United Kingdom in 1999 and few people realise it is present in about half of all residential properties.

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Asbestos Exposure Has Left A Plumber With An Uncertain Medical Future

A construction company was at the centre of a legal battle and has now been fined 600 after one of their builders was exposed to very high levels of a type of asbestos linked to malignant and incurable cancer.

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Asbestos Removal In An Open Wheelbarrow: Contractor Fined

A building contractor and a local authority have been heavily fined after asbestos was removed from a property that was being renovated in an open wheelbarrow.

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Uses For Asbestos: Past To Present

Asbestos is a very old material which was first used by humans in the Neolithic age as a temper for ceramic products. Prehistoric shards and ware containing asbestos have been found in Finland, central Russia, Norway and Sweden. The first recorded uses of asbestos date back as early as 2500 B.C. It has been known since ancient times in both the western world and Asia as a natural wonder and a source of fibre for expensive and rare textile objects such as shrouds, napkins, tablecloths, and customised clothing.

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Asbestos Filters In Cigarettes Of The Past

It is probably quite safe to assume that the vast majority of people today would acknowledge the fact that cigarettes are bad for your health. Owing to the rise in cases of attempted litigation due to alleged 'passive smoking', the Government introduced a ban on smoking in enclosed areas such as restaurants, pubs and public transport.

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