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Fall in work-related deaths

Figures for the number of work-related deaths in 2019/20 have been released by the Health and Safety Executive. Between April 2019 and March 2020, 111 people were fatally injured at work – a fall of 38 deaths from the previous year. It is likely the decline was accentuated by the impact of coronavirus on the…

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College fined for exposing individuals to asbestos

A university college has been fined for exposing individuals to asbestos during refurbishment of a flat. Employees of Newnham College, Cambridge, and subcontractors were refurbishing the property on Grange Road in March 2018 when asbestos insulation debris was discovered in floor voids. No asbestos refurbishment survey had been carried out before the debris was found,…

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Asbestos in schools ‘not being managed safely’

A teachers’ union says that asbestos in a significant number of schools is not being managed safely. The comments from the NASUWT follow the publication of the Department for Education’s Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) Survey report. Acting general secretary Ms Chris Keates said: “The NASUWT is deeply concerned to see that in a significant…

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Why we mark Global Asbestos Awareness Week

With other health and safety organisations around the world, EP Risk Consultancy is marking April 1 – 7 as Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Each year, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) dedicates a week to increasing awareness of asbestos and preventing exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn,…

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Businessman breached control of asbestos regulations

A businessman has narrowly escaped jail after failing to check whether asbestos was present in a building he was refurbishing. Whaid Ahmed did not survey his property at 1-3 Stephenson Square, Manchester for asbestos before carrying out renovations to the building between April 2012 and October 2017, Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told. Following a routine…

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Playing our part in global asbestos awareness

Health and safety organisations are marking this as Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Each year, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation dedicates April 1-7 to increasing awareness of asbestos and preventing exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn, and take action. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe…

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Companies fined for breaching asbestos regulations

Two Yorkshire-based companies have been fined for breaching asbestos regulations. Leeds Crown Court heard how the now-liquidated Hallmark Design and Shopfitting began refurbishment works for Berry’s jewellery outlet, owned by Berens and Company Ltd, when it disturbed materials containing asbestos in August 2014. Once Hallmark Design and Shopfitting realised it had disturbed asbestos they arranged…

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