• A Commons Problem

    Found in many buildings throughout the UK, from schools and hospitals to residential homes, asbestos is a dangerous carcinogenic that has been widely used in building materials due to its fire and chemical resistant properties.

  • Prevention is Better than Cure

    There was a ray of hope for many mesothelioma sufferers this year, when newspapers revealed that a revolutionary vaccine had provided positive results following a trial in the US. Indeed, 94 per cent of the 38 mesothelioma patients involved in the trial responded to the ground-breaking drug, which has been designed to use the body’s own immune system to battle the asbestos-related disease. Furthermore, 86 per cent of patients saw a significant shrinking in the size of their tumours, with 60 per cent of tumours reduced by more than 30 per cent.

  • Proceeding with Caution

    Following the UK Asbestos Trading Association’s (UKATA) successful Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign in 2015, which saw tradesmen benefit from hours of free asbestos safety training, the campaign for 2016 is now underway.

  • Home Improvements

    Much like in the US, the UK has developed an increasing interest in watching reality TV shows, from The Only Way is Essex to Come Dine With Me, we are a nation of reality TV addicts. Alongside the segments of real life soap opera and cooking is the home improvement arena, which includes TV shows based on home buying, selling and renovation of a property. Although interesting and helpful when it comes to gaining tips, watching programmes such as DIY SOS and Grand Designs unfortunately does not lead to expert knowledge in the refurbishment, remodelling or buying of a home.

  • Safety First

    The 7th June 2016 was National Cancer Survivor's day, an annual celebration for those who have survived the disease, as well as an inspiration for those who have been recently diagnosed, that takes place in communities around the world. Observed on every first Sunday in June, the event has been created with the goal of improving the quality of life for cancer survivors through raising awareness to the challenges faced during and after treatment.

  • A Competence Boost

    With the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Occupational Health and Safety highlighting in 2015 that 500,000 commercial properties and one million homes contain some form of asbestos containing materials (ACMs), it is estimated by the HSE that over one million tradespeople are at risk of coming into contact with asbestos while at work.  These startling statistics show the importance of minimising health risks in sectors such as construction that have at times been known for their negligence and/or complacent attitude when it comes to handling asbestos or ACMs.

  • Ready for Anything

    Following reports of a number of cases in which asbestos was either removed incorrectly or improperly disposed of, the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) released a reminder on best practice during handling of asbestos and what to do should the best laid plans fail during a project.

  • Education is Key

    There have been a number of strange news stories involving asbestos over recent weeks, which have 

    further shown the lack of information and protection provided to workers against the dangerous 

    material over the last 50 years. For example, UK tabloids told of a woman who recently died after 

    receiving hugs and kisses from her asbestos-covered husband when he came home from work 

    covered in the toxic dust. Exposed in the 1970s and 80s, it is believed that this worker and his wife 

  • Room for Improvement

    Caused by past exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma incidence rates have increased significantly in the UK since the early 2000s and correlate with the rise and fall of asbestos use and exposure in the 20th century. Because symptoms appear on average 40 years after exposure, this long latency period, combined with the drop in asbestos exposure after the 1960s, means mesothelioma cases are anticipated to reach their peak in 2020 before falling into decline.

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