Asbestos is all around us!

Residents, motorists and business owners in Stoke-on-Trent have had a sharp reminder that asbestos is all around us. Following the closure of a shop called The Art Department in Brunswick Street, Hanley, a firm of developers applied for permission to redevelop it. Unfortunately, the building turned out to contain asbestos. This is a highly hazardous…

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If you have asbestosis, did you work in the car industry?

People often wonder when they were exposed to asbestos at work. A diagnosis of asbestosis or pleural thickening is a sure sign that someone has worked hands-on with asbestos, but sometimes people are left puzzling about when this might have been. This is because there were a lot of products containing hidden asbestos. Worse still,…

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Action Mesothelioma Day: Prevention is better than seeking a cure

Ahead of Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is posing this question, ‘What can we do to help prevent lives being ruined by exposure to asbestos?’ In Britain, more than 2,500 people die from mesothelioma every year because of past exposure to asbestos. The deadly material has been…

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Why asbestos is still threatening our health

In an article published today, Treven Pyles from US health and safety advisers EHS explains why asbestos is still ‘a considerable threat’ to our health. Why is there so much asbestos around? Although asbestos was first used by people in the Stone Age, its use became widespread around the time of the Second World War.…

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A minute’s silence for the 100s of people who died across the West Midlands this year because of work related accidents and diseases

This afternoon people gathered on-line from charities and trades unions to remember the loss of 100s of lives across the West Midlands this year. The cause of death was work related accidents and diseases. These causes ranged from being crushed by cattle to covid-19 and microscopic asbestos fibres. The vast majority of those who died…

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