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ATaC Course – RSPH Level 3 Bulk ID course

Due to high demand we are providing an additional RSPH level 3 Bulk ID course.

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Course dates are 31st March to 2nd April.

Cost is £750.00 ex VAT per delegate + £60.00 Exam fee.

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Two Devon companies fined for Asbestos Exposure

Two Devon companies have been fined after workers were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos.

shutterstock_114411835A recent announcement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that Pilkington Plumbing and Heating Ltd started work on a house in Jubilee Close, Ilfracombe, despite not receiving an asbestos survey from North Devon Homes.

The company instead relied on information from North Devon Homes’ website for contractors. This was not specific to each property being worked on and was incomplete or misleading. As a result, asbestos insulation boards were disturbed and the workers exposed.

The incident, on 27 September 2012, was investigated by the HSE, which prosecuted North Devon Homes for safety failings at Barnstaple Magistrates Court.

North Devon Homes Ltd, of Westacott Road, Barnstaple, pleaded guilty to a breach of Construction (Design Management) Regulations and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £650.

Pilkington Plumbing and Heating Ltd, of Pilton Street, Pilton, Barnstaple pleaded guilty to two breaches of Control of Asbestos Regulations at an earlier hearing before the same court (on 8 October) and was fined £1,500 with £642 costs.

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Stockton Social Club fined for Unlicensed Removal of Asbestos

A social club in Stockton has been fined over £2,000 for unlicensed removal of asbestos from its premises following inspection.

Stockton Social Club fined for Unlicensed Removal of AsbestosElm Tree Social Club pleaded guilty to four offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 when they appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Following an anonymous complaint, Environmental Health officers from Stockton Council visited the premises on 29th November 2013 to investigate whether the work had been carried out incorrectly.

The court heard how committee members removed a number of asbestos insulation boards from the ceiling of the club’s store room rather than using a licensed asbestos removal company. Read more

New asbestos safety campaign launched by the HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new campaign to help tradespeople at risk from the dangers of asbestos exposure.

New asbestos safety campaign launched by the HSEAsbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc.) and causes around 5000 deaths every year.

The Beware Asbestos campaign aims to raise awareness of the real and current risks facing today’s tradespeople. It also seeks to help them work more safely when doing jobs that might disturb asbestos, to help protect them from harm.

The campaign has seen the launch of a new, free web app to help tradespeople easily identify where they could come into contact with asbestos as they go about their day-to-day work.

Before starting any work that may disturb asbestos, you must ensure that you have had the correct level of information, instruction and training.

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Increase of deaths caused by mesothelioma in the Education Sector

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released the latest mesothelioma statistics for the Education Sector.

Increase of deaths caused by mesothelioma in the Education SectorAccording to statistics the death of teachers caused by mesothelioma is on the rise, it has been recorded that 177 school teachers have died of mesothelioma since 2001.

Mesothelioma is a formally rare form of cancer that principally affects the pleura (the external lining of the lung) and the peritoneum (the lining of the lower digestive tract). Many cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed at an advanced stage as symptoms are non-specific and appear late in the development of the disease. It is almost always fatal with most of those affected usually dying within twelve months of diagnosis.

Asbestos is responsible for causing the vast majority of mesothelioma cases in Great Britain. There are currently about five times as many deaths in men as there are in women each year. This is largely a reflection of the fact that past asbestos exposures that caused many of these deaths tended to occur in occupational settings, and in jobs mainly held by men rather than women.

Although still caused by asbestos, a minority of currently occurring female deaths are directly attributable to occupational exposures. The continuing increase in annual mesothelioma deaths is a consequence of the effect of past exposures and the long latency period of the disease (i.e. the time between initial exposure to asbestos and the manifestation of mesothelioma) which is typically between 30 and 40 years. Read more