Asbestos News


Asbestos First are awarded Gold

Asbestos First Site Audit Accreditation Scheme awards another A grade :)

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Asbestos in Schools - What is the solution?

Asbestos in schools is a 'serious' problem, Government report finds.

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Keep safe from Asbestos

HOW TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR WORKERS SAFE FROM ASBESTOS

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ARCA Enhance Site Audits of Members

January 2017 sees ARCA enhances its audit scheme to take a further step towards supporting consistent high standards.

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Asbestos analyst fakes air testing certificates

Asbestos analyst fined after he falsified an asbestos air clearance certificate to save time and finish the job early.

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Essex companies fined after workers exposed to asbestos

Both companies should have acted promptly and effectively to control the potentially lethal risk to which their workers were exposed.

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Asbestos removal supervisor fined for exposing workers to deadly fibres

Asbestos removal supervisor sentenced after admitting exposing numerous workers to deadly asbestos fibres.

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Halloween

Client request fancy dress...

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SAFER SITES TARGETED INSPECTIONS

HSE inspectors will be carrying out unannounced visits where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway 3 October to 4 November 2016.

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Chinese cladding contractor facing HSE asbestos probe

White asbestos was found in roof panels imported by Yuanda from China and used on a new hospital in Perth.

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Motor Manufacturer fined over asbestos contamination

General Motors UK Ltd was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £ 11,779 in prosecution costs. An asbestos pre-refurbishment survey would have prevented this.

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ARCA joins Build UK

ARCA is pleased to announce that they are now a member of Build UK.

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Charitable trust and contractor fined for asbestos safety failings

Over £50,000 in fines for failing to ensure the refurbishment could be carried out safely.

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Birds pecking roof caused warehouse worker to die from cancer

A man died from cancer after being exposed to asbestos from birds pecking at a roof where he worked for 13 years.

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Heating engineer fined after homeowners put at risk of asbestos exposure

Asbestos Refurb survey prior to starting work is required if you are disturbing the fabric of a building built before 2000, whether it is domestic or commercial.

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Client fined over failure to remove asbestos

Care home fined after it failed to ensure asbestos was removed from old buildings before demolition work.

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Company fined for sale of asbestos containing boilers

A demolition and licensed asbestos removal company has been fined after it sold a boiler found to contain asbestos.

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Regulations change for Notifiable Non-Licensed Work –

Medical examinations needed for all workers carrying out NNLW on asbestos from 1st May 2015.

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Workers in dark over asbestos threat on conversion job

Fined £50,000 with costs of £1,413 after pleading guilty to three safety breaches.

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Spectacular cancer treatment breakthrough

Terminally ill cancer patients could be "effectively cured" of the disease using a powerful new combination of drugs described by scientists as heralding a once-in-a-generation advance in treatment.

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Council exposes contractors to asbestos

Waltham Forest borough council has been fined £66,000 after it exposed members of staff and contractors to asbestos.

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A Devon steel erector aged just 46 has been left shell-shocked after being diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma.

A Devon steel erector aged just 46 has been left shell-shocked after being diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma.

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Company in court for unsafe Asbestos removal

Workers were potentially exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres and only provided with baby wipes or access to a hose for decontamination.

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Football legend Stuart Pearce fears risk of deadly asbestos

England football star Stuart Pearce is blowing the whistle on asbestos

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Forty per cent of construction sites fail health & safety spot-checks

HSE find 40 per cent of sites are failing to properly protect workers!

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Twenty builders a week die from asbestos

New web app designed for use on a job so workers can easily identify if they are likely to face danger and can get straight forward advice to help them do the job safely.

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HSE targeted inspection initiative September 2014

From 22 September until 17 October, HSE Construction Inspectors will carry out unannounced visits to sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.

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Jailed after exposing refurb workers to Asbestos

Workers were witnessed exiting the site covered in dust and not wearing the correct protective clothing.

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Refurb foreman kept in dark over asbestos threat

Foreman mistook AIB for asbestos cement and removed without adequate control measures.

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New Asbestos Waste Transfer Station Approved

Asbestos Waste Transfer Station in Chatham approved by the Planning Inspectorate on the 10th March 2014.

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Asbestos threat ignored at girls’ school refurb

Several people, including the young apprentice, were unnecessarily exposed to the risk of inhaling asbestos fibres.

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School and glass contractor fined for asbestos failings

If the correct proceedures were in place this incident would not have cost the school £20,000 in decontamination work.

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'Close beach' call as more pieces of asbestos wash up between Minster and Leysdown

More asbestos cement has been found washed up on a family beach, leading to a call for the beach to be closed.

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HSE rogues gallery

HSE chiefs have produced a gallery of shocking pictures taken on sites visited by inspectors this month during a safety blitz.

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School conversion job hit by clouds of asbestos dust

School conversion job hit by clouds of asbestos dust. A property developer has been given an eight-month suspended prison sentence and been ordered to pay fines and costs of £100,000.

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Safer sites – HSE targeted inspection initiative September 2013

HSE Construction Inspectors will carry out a major inspection and enforcement initiative targeting the refurbishment sector, from 2 to 27 September 2013.

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Cladding boss exposed workers to asbestos

This incident was entirely preventable and highlights the importance of having a robust asbestos management system in place.

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Revolutionary asbestos treatment technology coming to the UK

New technology that destroys asbestos fibres through a thermal and chemical process, producing an inert, non-toxic, product that can be recycled in many construction applications.

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Office refurb job exposes 18 builders to asbestos

Office refurb job exposes 18 builders to asbestos and may have led to the exposure of many more members of the public.

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Portable device detects potentially-lethal asbestos fibers in real time

Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have developed what they say is the world’s first portable, real-time detector of airborne asbestos.

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Hotel chain fined for asbestos risk

Failure to deal with the asbestos resulted in the company being ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs plus workers and guests could have been exposed to asbestos.

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Firms fined for asbestos exposure risk at scrap yard and naval training base

A number of workers for several different companies, as well as passing Navy personnel, were put at unnecessary risk. Anyone walking past the pipes could have inhaled fibres as they became airborne.

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Asbestos in Schools

It is claimed that 75% of all schools in the UK have asbestos, rising to 90% in parts of Manchester and Wales.

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Where will the waste go?

If 2014 - 2018 is to be the only peak in asbestos related deaths, rather than the first of many, people need to know about asbestos and where it might be found, including those carrying out DIY in a domestic setting.

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Architect exposes builder to asbestos danger

Although an asbestos survey was commissioned this was never shown to the contractors even though it clearly identified the presence of asbestos insulation board.

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Contractor taped plastic bags around exposed asbestos

Inadequate response left workers exposed to asbestos fibres, which can cause potentially fatal lung disease.

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Council and building firm fined for asbestos exposure during school refurbishment

A series of assumptions and missed opportunities led to contractors, school staff and nursery age children being exposed to asbestos fibres during refurbishment work.

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Demolition firm fined for illegal asbestos removal

Those working in the construction industry are regularly exposed to asbestos materials and the legacy of past exposures is evident in the high numbers of people in the UK who are suffering the fatal effects of uncontrolled exposures to asbestos fibres during their working lives.

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Contractors failed to alert workers to presence of asbestos

Men were exposed to high levels of asbestos fibres, leaving them at risk of contracting serious diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis of the lungs.

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Residents raise alarm over asbestos on dangerous demolition site

Concern that asbestos materials were being smashed up and debris was dropping from height onto the road and footpath.

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Closure prompts asbestos surveys of all Welsh schools

Emergency asbestos surveys will be carried-out at schools across Wales

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Asbestos find at school hits relocation plans

TOWN HALL ASBESTOS 'WORSE THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT'

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We're recruiting!

We're recruiting!!!

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Ten arrests in major asbestos dumping raid

Ten people were arrested during dawn raids yesterday following the country’s biggest ever probe into suspected illegal asbestos dumping.

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£124-an-hour fees for HSE visits start on 1st October 2012

Controversial plans to charge contractors £124-an-hour for visits by safety inspectors come into force.

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Suspended jail term for director of Kent firm who ignored asbestos safety

He clearly set out to deceive these householders but, worse than that, he was apparently content to put them and the plumbers at risk.

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Company fined after workers and public exposed to asbestos risk

Prohibition and fine for company that placed asbestos containing material in an open skip close to a busy thoroughfare.

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We have relocated!

We are happy to announce that we have finally relocated from what was a temporary solution ..... 15 years ago!

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Hefty fines follow asbestos failings

£55,000 in fines and £20,000 in costs because neither company did anything to find out where asbestos was on site. Survey and controlled remediation would have cost much less!

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Asbestos pair lied over school clear-up work

Serious fraud as it may have exposed other workers coming on to the school site to the very real dangers of inhalation of asbestos fibres.

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Construction workers at greatest cancer risk

A large proportion of the deaths are a result of exposure to asbestos...

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Prosecutions highlight the continuing ignorance of asbestos dangers

Two separate prosecutions by the Health & Safety Executive this week have highlighted how building companies are continuing to ignore the dangers of asbestos.

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New asbestos regulations, same lack of awareness

Contractors are advised that this ruling could substantially increase insurance premiums, and some policies may not cover asbestos claims at all.

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Contractor fined for demolishing asbestos-riddled building

This man has risked his own health and the health of others who were on the site. Asbestos is not an historical threat. It is current and it faces tradesmen all the time.

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Notifiable non-licensed work with asbestos

New Control of Asbestos Work regulations came into force on the 6th April 2012 creating the CAR 2012. Make sure you comply.

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One in five construction sites fail safety checks

Nearly one in five construction sites failed safety checks during a national initiative to improve construction site safety.

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Victory for asbestos victims in battle against insurers

It is a disgrace that insurance companies went to such lengths to shirk their responsibilities. This landmark ruling that will affect many of the 2,500 people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.

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Take 5 and stay alive - British Lung Foundation

Thinking of doing DIY this Easter weekend? Get the facts about asbestos and stay safe with the BLF’s new site

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Demolition firm fined for asbestos exposure

A demolition firm has been sentenced after knocking down a building containing hundreds of asbestos ceiling tiles, putting the lives of workers and local residents at risk.

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Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 will come into force as planned on 6 April 2012 (subject to Parliamentary approval). View the regulations here.

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Medway has country's second-highest asbestos death rate

Medway has the country's second-highest death rate for terminal asbestos cancer, new figures reveal.

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HSE Refurbishment Inspection Initiative

HSE Construction inspectors will be carrying out an intensive inspection initiative during February and March 2012.

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Asbestos dumped in Leicester streets

Piles of asbestos ripped from a building dumped on the street

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High street retailer fined £1 Million for safety failings.

Million Pound Prosecution is a wake up call that any refurbishment programmes involving asbestos-containing materials must be properly resourced, both in terms of time and money - no matter what.

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Site manager fined £27K for ignoring asbestos

Asbestos insulating boards in the restaurant's ceiling were broken up during demolition meaning they could have exposed people on the high street to asbestos fibres.

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£318,000 compensation for asbestos victim’s family

The widow and family of a victim of asbestosis have been awarded personal injury compensation of £318,000.

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Asbestos Awareness Training

Asbestos Awareness Training course 9th November 2011

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Builder fined for ignoring HSE warnings

Prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for ignoring two improvement notices relating to asbestos safety training and health and safety competence training while refurbishing two residential properties

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Asbestos exposure leaves pipe fitter with uncertain future

49 year old pipe fitter Jonathan Arnold was exposed for five hours to high levels of blue asbestos (crocidolite) whilst fitting a new central heating system and can now only wait and see what long-term damage has been done to him.

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Contractor takes out asbestos in wheelbarrows

Workers removed asbestos insulation board from around the bath then carried it through the flat and communal areas of the housing complex in a wheelbarrow before loading it into an open-topped van.

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Men exposed to asbestos during work on a school

The work lasted several hours, exposing both workers and the school caretaker to asbestos. Also, instead of a cleaner with a specialised filter, an ordinary vacuum cleaner was used that would have spread fibres into the air.

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Cheapskate project manager in asbestos scare

Building was found to be riddled with deadly asbestos fibres after a vacuum was used to try and remove them.

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Fines for companies that ignored asbestos hazard

Fines after failing to manage asbestos removal work at a renovation site

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Roofing company fined for asbestos and scaffolding failures

Fined for unlicensed asbestos removal - at a property where employees also worked on unsafe scaffolding.

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M&S Guilty of exposing shoppers to asbestos risk.

Marks & Spencer has been found guilty of putting its customers as well as staff and construction workers at risk of asbestos exposure.

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Oswestry workers exposed to asbestos

Absolute disregard for human safety by allowing work with asbestos to take place, fully aware it was present, but having taken no precautions to prevent the spread of fibres. .

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Workers exposed to asbestos at Derby building site

Already been fined £13,000 for its health and safety failings in this case.

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The hidden health hazard in millions of homes

Asbestos was only finally banned in 1999 – and few people realise it is present in about half of all residential property

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Asbestos – updated guidance

Asbestos fibres are present in the environment in Great Britain so people are exposed to very low levels of fibres.

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The Great British Asbestos in Buildings Survey 2011

British asbestos campaigners have launched a national survey designed to protect UK workers from being exposed to asbestos in their workplace.

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Topshop team exposed to asbestos fibres

Maximum fines from magistrates for exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres.

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Site manager gets community service over asbestos risk

“This is something Mr Jones will have to live with for the rest of his life – wondering whether his site manager’s lack of consideration might lead to him contracting a deadly disease.”

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Town at risk from Asbestos

Traces of the material were found on walls, in drains and at a bus stop.

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Council Fined for Ignoring Asbestos

Council prosecuted after a visiting contractor spotted debris on the floor of a building

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HSE clampdown on unsafe construction sites

HSE Clampdown - Many workers believe that, because asbestos has been banned as a building material, it's no longer a threat to them. But that simply isn't true.

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HSE denies asbestos campaign has been scrapped

HSE's Asbestos: the Hidden Killer campaign has not been cancelled as it has been claimed.

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Christmas Break opening hours

Christmas Break from 16:30 on the 23rd December till 08:30 on the 4th January 2011.

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Fear for workers exposed to asbestos ceiling

I have the worry of whether the asbestos has caused lasting damage to my health and it’s not just me that might have been exposed to fibres that were brought home on my work clothes.

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Window company exposed workers to Asbestos

Four employees have been left living in fear for their future health after being exposed

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Council fined after putting worker in asbestos danger

Council failed to warn the trained plumber that asbestos was present.

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Dangers in the Dust

"What we have shown is that chrysotile is as dangerous as crocidolite [blue asbestos] for contracting lung cancer, and is also linked to mesothelioma,"

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Credit where credit is due

Credit where credit is due

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Ello, Ello, Ello.....

Kent Police have appointed Asbestos First to survey their property portfolio

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LA's & HSE working together

Local authorities (LAs) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) working together

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Prosecution launched against a high street retailer

Prosecution launched against a high street retailer and four contractors for exposing people to asbestos

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Protection for Agency Workers

Employment agencies advertising vacancies for asbestos removal workers without having the proper Health and Safety Executive (HSE) licenses.

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Alan Hales - Founding Partner

Alan Hales, Founding Partner passed away on December 19. For those who wish to attend to pay their last respects a service is being held at Eastbourne Crematorium

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HSE Hidden Killer Campaign

The HSE Hidden Killer campaign starts 2nd November 2009. Helping tradesmen and maintenance workers know when they might be working with asbestos.

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Asbestos removal from schools

The BBC's Inside Out programme identifies asbestos in 90% of UK schools.

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