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Asbestos
Asbestos is the name given to a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals used commercially for their desirable physical properties. Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibres are often mixed with cement (resulting in fiber cement) or woven into fabric or mats.
 
Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). As a result, the trade and use of asbestos have been restricted or banned in many jurisdictions.
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Asbestos: next threat to the workers comp system?
While the insurance industry grapples with the issue of fair compensation for asbestos victims, a new vulnerability may be lurking around the corner. Robert Blanco, Senior Actuary at GE Insurance Solutions, told
3-D intraoral imaging technology
Usual methods for creating an impression of teeth involve placing conformable materials inside the mouth. Dental professionals continue to seek more convenient and patient-friendly impression solutions. Brontes’ leading edge intraoral scanning system will offer dentists a new and powerful way to cap
Remote-controlled, throwable robots developed at Carnegie Mellon in conjunction with U.S. Marine Corps
Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps' Warfighting Laboratory, have developed a small, throwable, remote-controlled prototype robot designed for surveillance in urban settings. Several of the robots are being sent to Iraq for testing.
Constructing better health
Plans for the Occupational Health Support Pilot Scheme, now called Constructing Better Health, took another step forward this month, following the creation and first meeting of the Action Forum tasked with bringing about the scheme.
New fireproof insulation derived from paper
What can happen when steel girders soften during a fire was sadly illustrated by the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Civil engineers in Germany, as in most European countries, are well aware that the use of
Predicted deaths from mesothelioma
The Health and Safety Executive today published updated statistics predicting the future numbers of people likely to die in Britain as a result of mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos.
Asbestos duty to manage
Commenting on an article in the British Medical Journal 30/1/04, once again highlighting the likely deaths from mesothelioma, Bill MacDonald, Head of asbestos policy at HSE, said:
Protecting workers from asbestos: a legal duty
Protection for building and maintenance workers from the fatal diseases caused by asbestos will be enhanced tomorrow when the new duty to manage comes into force. The duty will require anyone responsible for the
HSE warns of the dangers of asbestos during building refurbishment work
The warning follows the prosecution of Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers U.K. Limited of Thornton Cleveleys near Blackpool who appeared before Fylde Coast Magistrates' Court in Fleetwood on Tuesday 24 August 2004. The company was fined
Construction partnership provides free health and safety training for small builders
Today, HSE's Chief Inspector of Construction, Rosi Edwards and Plymouth City Councillor Sue Dann, cabinet member for transport and human resources, visited a mobile unit used to deliver free health and safety training to take part in a training session and celebrate the success of the initiative. Du
HSC consults on amended asbestos regulations and approved code of practise
The Health and Safety Commission today published a consultative document seeking comments on proposed amendments to its asbestos regulations and an Approved Code of Practice.
HSC consultation on asbestos ends in two weeks
The draft package implements changes to the european asbestos worker protection directive and tightens statutory protections for those working with
Egg carton manufacturer fined
Yesterday the Great Yarmouth based company was fined a total of
New research confirms low risk of exposure from Asbestos containing textured coatings
New research on asbestos confirms that risks from asbestos containing textured coatings are much lower than previously thoug
Asbestos - updated information for schools
The Health and Safety Executive has updated information on managing asbestos in schools. The potential exposure of teachers and pupils to
ABB asbestos case to be reviewed
Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States has ruled that ABB
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Asbestos: next threat to the workers comp system?
While the insurance industry grapples with the issue of fair compensation for asbestos victims, a new vulnerability may be lurking around the corner. Robert Blanco, Senior Actuary at GE Insurance Solutions, told
3-D intraoral imaging technology
Usual methods for creating an impression of teeth involve placing conformable materials inside the mouth. Dental professionals continue to seek more convenient and patient-friendly impression solutions. Brontes’ leading edge intraoral scanning system will offer dentists a new and powerful way to cap
Remote-controlled, throwable robots developed at Carnegie Mellon in conjunction with U.S. Marine Corps
Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps' Warfighting Laboratory, have developed a small, throwable, remote-controlled prototype robot designed for surveillance in urban settings. Several of the robots are being sent to Iraq for testing.
Constructing better health
Plans for the Occupational Health Support Pilot Scheme, now called Constructing Better Health, took another step forward this month, following the creation and first meeting of the Action Forum tasked with bringing about the scheme.
New fireproof insulation derived from paper
What can happen when steel girders soften during a fire was sadly illustrated by the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Civil engineers in Germany, as in most European countries, are well aware that the use of
Predicted deaths from mesothelioma
The Health and Safety Executive today published updated statistics predicting the future numbers of people likely to die in Britain as a result of mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos.
Asbestos duty to manage
Commenting on an article in the British Medical Journal 30/1/04, once again highlighting the likely deaths from mesothelioma, Bill MacDonald, Head of asbestos policy at HSE, said:
Protecting workers from asbestos: a legal duty
Protection for building and maintenance workers from the fatal diseases caused by asbestos will be enhanced tomorrow when the new duty to manage comes into force. The duty will require anyone responsible for the
HSE warns of the dangers of asbestos during building refurbishment work
The warning follows the prosecution of Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers U.K. Limited of Thornton Cleveleys near Blackpool who appeared before Fylde Coast Magistrates' Court in Fleetwood on Tuesday 24 August 2004. The company was fined
Construction partnership provides free health and safety training for small builders
Today, HSE's Chief Inspector of Construction, Rosi Edwards and Plymouth City Councillor Sue Dann, cabinet member for transport and human resources, visited a mobile unit used to deliver free health and safety training to take part in a training session and celebrate the success of the initiative. Du
HSC consults on amended asbestos regulations and approved code of practise
The Health and Safety Commission today published a consultative document seeking comments on proposed amendments to its asbestos regulations and an Approved Code of Practice.
HSC consultation on asbestos ends in two weeks
The draft package implements changes to the european asbestos worker protection directive and tightens statutory protections for those working with
Egg carton manufacturer fined
Yesterday the Great Yarmouth based company was fined a total of
New research confirms low risk of exposure from Asbestos containing textured coatings
New research on asbestos confirms that risks from asbestos containing textured coatings are much lower than previously thoug
Asbestos - updated information for schools
The Health and Safety Executive has updated information on managing asbestos in schools. The potential exposure of teachers and pupils to
ABB asbestos case to be reviewed
Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States has ruled that ABB
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Asbestos: next threat to the workers comp system?
While the insurance industry grapples with the issue of fair compensation for asbestos victims, a new vulnerability may be lurking around the corner. Robert Blanco, Senior Actuary at GE Insurance Solutions, told
3-D intraoral imaging technology
Usual methods for creating an impression of teeth involve placing conformable materials inside the mouth. Dental professionals continue to seek more convenient and patient-friendly impression solutions. Brontes’ leading edge intraoral scanning system will offer dentists a new and powerful way to cap
Remote-controlled, throwable robots developed at Carnegie Mellon in conjunction with U.S. Marine Corps
Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps' Warfighting Laboratory, have developed a small, throwable, remote-controlled prototype robot designed for surveillance in urban settings. Several of the robots are being sent to Iraq for testing.
Constructing better health
Plans for the Occupational Health Support Pilot Scheme, now called Constructing Better Health, took another step forward this month, following the creation and first meeting of the Action Forum tasked with bringing about the scheme.
New fireproof insulation derived from paper
What can happen when steel girders soften during a fire was sadly illustrated by the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Civil engineers in Germany, as in most European countries, are well aware that the use of
Predicted deaths from mesothelioma
The Health and Safety Executive today published updated statistics predicting the future numbers of people likely to die in Britain as a result of mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos.
Asbestos duty to manage
Commenting on an article in the British Medical Journal 30/1/04, once again highlighting the likely deaths from mesothelioma, Bill MacDonald, Head of asbestos policy at HSE, said:
Protecting workers from asbestos: a legal duty
Protection for building and maintenance workers from the fatal diseases caused by asbestos will be enhanced tomorrow when the new duty to manage comes into force. The duty will require anyone responsible for the
HSE warns of the dangers of asbestos during building refurbishment work
The warning follows the prosecution of Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers U.K. Limited of Thornton Cleveleys near Blackpool who appeared before Fylde Coast Magistrates' Court in Fleetwood on Tuesday 24 August 2004. The company was fined
Construction partnership provides free health and safety training for small builders
Today, HSE's Chief Inspector of Construction, Rosi Edwards and Plymouth City Councillor Sue Dann, cabinet member for transport and human resources, visited a mobile unit used to deliver free health and safety training to take part in a training session and celebrate the success of the initiative. Du
HSC consults on amended asbestos regulations and approved code of practise
The Health and Safety Commission today published a consultative document seeking comments on proposed amendments to its asbestos regulations and an Approved Code of Practice.
HSC consultation on asbestos ends in two weeks
The draft package implements changes to the european asbestos worker protection directive and tightens statutory protections for those working with
Egg carton manufacturer fined
Yesterday the Great Yarmouth based company was fined a total of
New research confirms low risk of exposure from Asbestos containing textured coatings
New research on asbestos confirms that risks from asbestos containing textured coatings are much lower than previously thoug
Asbestos - updated information for schools
The Health and Safety Executive has updated information on managing asbestos in schools. The potential exposure of teachers and pupils to
ABB asbestos case to be reviewed
Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States has ruled that ABB
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Asbestos: next threat to the workers comp system?
While the insurance industry grapples with the issue of fair compensation for asbestos victims, a new vulnerability may be lurking around the corner. Robert Blanco, Senior Actuary at GE Insurance Solutions, told
3-D intraoral imaging technology
Usual methods for creating an impression of teeth involve placing conformable materials inside the mouth. Dental professionals continue to seek more convenient and patient-friendly impression solutions. Brontes’ leading edge intraoral scanning system will offer dentists a new and powerful way to cap
Remote-controlled, throwable robots developed at Carnegie Mellon in conjunction with U.S. Marine Corps
Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps' Warfighting Laboratory, have developed a small, throwable, remote-controlled prototype robot designed for surveillance in urban settings. Several of the robots are being sent to Iraq for testing.
Constructing better health
Plans for the Occupational Health Support Pilot Scheme, now called Constructing Better Health, took another step forward this month, following the creation and first meeting of the Action Forum tasked with bringing about the scheme.
New fireproof insulation derived from paper
What can happen when steel girders soften during a fire was sadly illustrated by the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Civil engineers in Germany, as in most European countries, are well aware that the use of
Predicted deaths from mesothelioma
The Health and Safety Executive today published updated statistics predicting the future numbers of people likely to die in Britain as a result of mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos.
Asbestos duty to manage
Commenting on an article in the British Medical Journal 30/1/04, once again highlighting the likely deaths from mesothelioma, Bill MacDonald, Head of asbestos policy at HSE, said:
Protecting workers from asbestos: a legal duty
Protection for building and maintenance workers from the fatal diseases caused by asbestos will be enhanced tomorrow when the new duty to manage comes into force. The duty will require anyone responsible for the
HSE warns of the dangers of asbestos during building refurbishment work
The warning follows the prosecution of Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers U.K. Limited of Thornton Cleveleys near Blackpool who appeared before Fylde Coast Magistrates' Court in Fleetwood on Tuesday 24 August 2004. The company was fined
Construction partnership provides free health and safety training for small builders
Today, HSE's Chief Inspector of Construction, Rosi Edwards and Plymouth City Councillor Sue Dann, cabinet member for transport and human resources, visited a mobile unit used to deliver free health and safety training to take part in a training session and celebrate the success of the initiative. Du
HSC consults on amended asbestos regulations and approved code of practise
The Health and Safety Commission today published a consultative document seeking comments on proposed amendments to its asbestos regulations and an Approved Code of Practice.
HSC consultation on asbestos ends in two weeks
The draft package implements changes to the european asbestos worker protection directive and tightens statutory protections for those working with
Egg carton manufacturer fined
Yesterday the Great Yarmouth based company was fined a total of
New research confirms low risk of exposure from Asbestos containing textured coatings
New research on asbestos confirms that risks from asbestos containing textured coatings are much lower than previously thoug
Asbestos - updated information for schools
The Health and Safety Executive has updated information on managing asbestos in schools. The potential exposure of teachers and pupils to
ABB asbestos case to be reviewed
Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States has ruled that ABB
 
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