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How should you dispose of asbestos waste?

Although the importation and use of the carcinogenic mineral known as asbestos has been banned in the UK since 1999, the legacy of the material’s long period of extensive use continues to make itself felt. Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were especially...

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When is asbestos reportable under RIDDOR?

It is important to ensure compliance with certain legislation when dealing with asbestos, or potentially coming into contact with the substance, in the UK. One example of such a law is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, or...

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How do I check for asbestos in cement?

There are more than 5,000 products that we know contain asbestos. Many of them are in building and construction materials. Asbestos use was once prevalent because the material is so versatile, especially for insulation. Eventually, the true dangers of asbestos became...

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What should I do after exposure to asbestos?

A person recently exposed to asbestos or who finds out they’ve been working near it for an extended period of time may be understandably nervous. There’s no doubt that asbestos can be hazardous. It accounts for a majority of work-related deaths in the UK. Plus,...

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What should my landlord do about asbestos?

With the naturally occurring, but dangerous material known as asbestos having been used heavily in the UK construction industry through the bulk of the 20th century until it was banned in 1999, the notorious substance remains present in many residential properties. A...

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How do I become an asbestos surveyor

It has now been more than two decades since the UK imposed its final and complete ban on the use of asbestos in 1999. For a century before that, however, the naturally occurring fibre was used extensively in the UK, in industries such as shipbuilding and construction....

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Asbestos Priority Risk Assessment Explained

If you are seeking to take all the necessary steps for managing asbestos on a non-domestic site for which you are responsible, you will need to know what an asbestos priority risk assessment is – including how it differs from the material risk assessment. ...

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Asbestos Material Assessment Explained

When you are looking to manage the risk that asbestos poses on premises for which you are responsible, it will be crucial to carry out an effective assessment of the asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that are found on your site. What is an asbestos...

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How to manage asbestos in the workplace

The very name “asbestos” – referring to the naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral – is now so synonymous with serious dangers to human health, that it might seem hard to believe it was once widely used across various industries in the UK. Characteristics like...

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Does COSHH cover asbestos?

All sorts of products contain asbestos. It’s present in everything from car brakes and textured paints to machinery and building insulation. However, it poses such a health hazard that between 1985 and 1999, the UK banned the importation of blue, brown, and white...

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Types of asbestos survey (which do you need?)

It might seem hard to believe that, in some ways, asbestos remains the biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK – yet, that is the case. More than 5,000 people a year pass away due to asbestos-related disease in this country, including conditions like...

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How do I choose an asbestos surveyor?

Asbestos surveys are a crucial step in determining whether there are asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) present on a site that you are responsible for – as well as their location, condition, and amount. Knowing such information will, in turn, help you fulfil your...

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Is an asbestos survey a legal requirement?

It might have now been more than two decades – a generation – since the UK imposed a complete ban on asbestos in 1999, but the legacy of the naturally occurring, carcinogenic material remains impossible to ignore. There are quite a few reasons for that. Although...

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