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Asbestos and retail – not just a cosmetic problem

An American mum made the unpleasant discovery that a make-up kit sold by chain retailer Claire’s, belonging to her six-year-old daughter, had asbestos in it. The 30-year-old mother, who’s from Rhode Island and works for a law firm herself, told journalists she felt she had to research further after she found her daughter’s glitter make-up […]

Union guidance on asbestos: schools advised against putting up festive decorations

Schools shouldn’t use staples or pins to fasten Christmas decorations to ceilings and walls in classrooms, as this could potentially disturb asbestos, if the make-up of the ceiling or walls is not known. Children particularly vulnerable to asbestos dangers That’s the advice of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee, which represents nine teaching and support worker […]

The threat of asbestos to builders: an overview

The reality is that most builders, at some point during their working lives, are likely to find themselves on a site where asbestos is present. Asbestos is completely toxic as far as the human circulatory system is concerned. Indeed, it can very frequently be fatal. Moving or otherwise disturbing the fibres makes them airborne so […]

Poor quality asbestos surveys could cost schools millions

Some of the sites the government are buying for free schools don’t have current asbestos surveys, meaning the taxpayer could have to fit a potential bill of millions for the necessary refurbishments once asbestos is discovered later on, Schools Week reports. Experts have said that because the Education Funding Agency (EFA) is ‘under pressure’ to […]