Posts Tagged ‘Asbestos fibres’


Inspector criticises factory for putting money above safety

A manufacturing company has been prosecuted for continually falling below acceptable health and safety standards at its factory. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that skip manufacturer received nine Improvement Notices and a Prohibition Notice for safety failings at its premises During a visit, a HSE Inspector learned that the company did not have examination certificates for […]

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Asbestos – I may have been exposed – what should I do?

People who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos are understandably anxious and concerned about the possible effects on their health. Many cases of inadvertent, short-term exposure to asbestos will most likely have been minimal, with little likelihood of any long-term ill effects. However, although the type of asbestos involved may be known, there […]

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Are you a small builder? Pt 2

Manage hazards and risk As a smaller builder, you are a contractor under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2007 and you must: Plan, manage and monitor your construction work so that health and safety risks are controlled; Set lead times – inform any sub-contractors of the minimum amount of time that will be allowed for planning and preparation; […]

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Why use i-safe limited?

In a move to improve efficiency further and deliver value for taxpayers, HSE’s Info line telephone service, which currently provides a basic information service to callers, will end on 30 September 2011.   Not very reassuring when the HSE have just announced that the annual fatality rate has just increased!!   Businesses and members of […]

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Plea for help on illegal asbestos dumping in the North West

A lorry load of asbestos was found to be dumped on the Ribble Link way in Preston on Tuesday 31 May 2011. The Environment Agency in the North West is appealing for information to find how this illegal waste came to be there. A member of the public informed the Environment Agency of the dumping […]

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White asbestos definitely a top-level carcinogen, says expert

The Government’s chief scientific advisor has reaffirmed the status of chrysotile (white) asbestos as a Class 1 carcinogenic substance, and has concluded that there is no valid reason to demote it to a less-serious category. In November 2010, Sir John Beddington, head of the Government Office for Science, was approached by Work and Pensions Secretary, […]

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Site manager sentenced after worker exposed to asbestos

A construction site manager has been sentenced after directing a bricklayer to demolish a wall that contained asbestos, which put him at serious risk. The site manager was supervising a refurbishment; a full site survey for asbestos had been carried out, but the site manager failed to check the warnings it gave and instructed a […]

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£30K fine for not managing asbestos exposure

A property management firm has been fined £30,100 after workers were exposed to asbestos. Employees were replacing a roof at a factory building when they were exposed to the fibres in June 2007; it occurred while up to 15 workers were stripping materials from support beams which were found to contain asbestos.  A local business […]

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