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Below is a list of articles that have been published on this topic.
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Remediating Brownfield Sites

The Government has said that over the next five years it plans to directly commission the construction of thousands of new homes on public land. David Cameron described this announcement as the biggest shift in house building policy in the last 30 years. These plans will be backed up by an extra £1.2 billion to help remediate brownfield sites for tens of thousands of new homes across the country. This is an important step forward, with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) estimating there is capacity for at least one million new homes on suitable brownfield land in England alone.

Hidden Depths

Our industrial legacy has caused many problems. Sites that are now being redeveloped for industry and housing hold many hidden dangers, and it is vital that a site investigation is completed (and possible remediation performed) before it can be reused. An environmental consultant should carry out a desk study to determine the probable extent of any contamination before conducting an intrusive investigation.

Making up Ground

James Dodgson explains how a collaborative approach is key to the effective management of the risks associated with asbestos in soil.

Airborne Asbestos

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Deadly Exposure

Asbestos Safety

Asbestos in Soil Current Issues

Asbestos is an emotive topic, with the phrase ‘one fibre can kill’ often repeated, particularly by the more sensationalist press. In reality, asbestos is present in the air we breathe in most urban areas, with 0.015 fibres/ml as the clearance limit for buildings, and 0.1 fibres/cm3 as the Control limit for workplace exposure - when multiplied by the volume of air within a room or building, this is actually a not insignificant level. However, it also depends on the type and size of fibre, the length of exposure, and the inherent susceptibility of the person as to whether an asbestos related respiratory disease may develop or not.

RPE for Asbestos

Selection of suitable respiratory protective equipment for work with asbestos. This guidance is primarily for employers and self-employed contractors throughout the construction and building maintenance industry; for people working with asbestos-containing insulation materials, including contractors licensed by HSE to do this sort of work. Safety representatives may also find it useful.

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In Good Hands? Handcare a valuable investment for the organisation

Multi-million Dollar claims for damages have resulted in major asbestos companies being forced to cease business, further throwing great strains on the insurance industry. The UK coal mining Industry has been devastated by the level of pneumonconiosis developed by miners. Similarly, a major glove supplier sold their business to eliminate potential claims for latex allergy.

The Deadliest of All

For more than 150 years, asbestos was the wonder material of construction and engineering. It had excellent insulation and fire resistant properties, it was easy to work, and it was cheap. The versatile mineral was welcomed everywhere and quickly became as indispensible in shipbuilding and heavy construction as it was later for vital components in cars, railway locomotives and electrical goods.

Asbestos: The Hidden Killer

Every week 20 tradesmen die from asbestos related diseases - and the number is set to increase over the next few years. Steve Coldrick, Director of the Disease Reduction Programme with the Health and Safety Executive explains why a major campaign “Asbestos: The Hidden Killer” will be launched in October to raise awareness of the real risk that tradesmen face.

Duty to Manage

Regulation 4 'Duty to Manage' was introduced in the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 and has been law since May 2004.The regulations have recently been replaced by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 effective from 13th November 2006.

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New Asbestos Regulations

The UK Government, through the Health and Safety Commission [HSC] and its executive arm, The Health and Safety Executive [HSE] have proposed a new set of asbestos regulations - The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 [CAR 2006] to comply with the requirements of EU membership and EU law.

Asbestos Testing & Airborne Fibre Monitoring

Quality control requirements and scientific testing methods

Common Sense and Competence

How to Manage Asbestos (or from 21st May 2004: Why not to panic!)


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