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Independent Training News (ITN) Asbestos a look at the history When I hear people talking about asbestos, they often ask; “if asbestos is killing all these people, what is it doing in our buildings in the first place!?” And, given the way asbestos is portrayed as the ‘Killer Dust’, or the ‘Fatal Fibre’ by today’s media, this seems to be a very good question. But it hasn’t always been like this; in times gone past, the press hailed asbestos as the ‘Magic Mineral’ and it became seen as a panacea; the cure to whatever ails your product. As a result, within a few short decades, asbestos had been added to the mix of some 3,000 products. [This journey, from magic mineral to killer dust, is the topic of Geoffrey Tweedale’s fine book of the same name, and is essential reading for anyone wishing to know more about the history of asbestos in the UK.] In the UK, asbestos use started in the 1880s, grew steadily through WWII and then increased enormously during the rebuild of the war damage. World production of asbestos peaked in 1977 and by the end of 1985 most types of asbestos were banned in the UK, with the final type, Chrysotile (white asbestos), being banned in 1999. So asbestos was only really used in this country for about 100 years, in which time it went from being our best friend to our worst enemy. Naturally, at some point between 1885 and 1985, there must have been the realisation that asbestos did more harm than good; that it was too dangerous to use. This, in turn, raises the question of when it was first known that asbestos was potentially lethal. The first generally accepted warning about the dangers of asbestos comes considerably outside our time-line. Pliny the Elder pointed out that, while slaves that had previously worked in asbestos mines might look healthy, they should not be bought as they did not live very long. Pliny said this nearly 2,000 years ago, around 50 AD; but then who wants to listen to Pliny, he was a Roman, and what have the Roman’s ever done for us!?

All of which casts fresh light on the question of what asbestos is doing in all these buildings in the first place. Looking back, it seems that the policy of giving the big asbestos-producing companies input on what constituted a safe level of exposure could have been better thought out. But that was then and this is now and it’s not like we’d ever find ourselves in the same position again. Or so you’d think! There is currently a debate about the safety of Chrysotile. Quite why there is a debate is beyond me; IARC, of the World Health Organisation (WHO), have classified white asbestos as Group 1: carcinogenic to humans. They’re very clear; white asbestos gives you cancer. As you’d expect, the UK has accepted this, but some Chrysotile producing nations, such as Russia, Canada and Brazil, are trying to defend the indefensible and argue that white asbestos is safe. Historically, letting those with vested interests in selling asbestos, get involved in decisions about the safety of asbestos has not ended well. Currently, about 4,000 people die in the UK each year from asbestos related diseases. Moving forward, there’s a simple test: what does the World Health Organisation say? WHO tells us that Chrysotile (white asbestos) gives you cancer. And you’d be foolish to doubt them. For further information visit the HSE website ( or the IATP site ( Paul Lewis MA BSc (Hons) BSc (Ed) CCP (Asbestos) GradIOSH MIIRSM G&L Consultancy Ltd

In training courses, when you ask the candidates when they think the first recorded death from asbestos was in the UK, the usually go for somewhere between 1960 and 1980. And, given the date of the ban of asbestos; this makes sense. Sadly, though, as sensible as these answers are, they are a long way from the truth. The first time asbestos was recorded as the cause of death was at Charing Cross Hospital by Dr Montague Murray in the year ... wait for it ... 1900! Yep, over a hundred years ago. And it’s not as if this event was some minor foot-note in history, only possible to see with the benefit of hindsight. Far from it; in 1906 Dr Murray reported his research to a Government committee, describing a condition that would later become known as asbestosis. And to show that someone was listening, by the start of WWI, there were insurance companies refusing to sell personal life insurance to asbestos workers.


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Independent Training News (ITN) The Dave Willcocks Asbestos Victim Support Group Asbestos Awareness Training Event

Around 4,000 people die in the UK every year because of asbestos exposure, and the figure is expected to peak at nearly 5,000. In response to this, The Dave Willcocks Asbestos Victim Support Group are hosting an Asbestos Awareness Training course on 24th November 2010 at the Britannia Stadium Football Club. Places will be charged at just £25.00 per person and places will be on a first come first served basis. All monies will go directly to this charity. The Dave Willcocks Asbestos Victim Support Group was set up to assist all asbestos victims and families in the South Cheshire, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area. Patrons of the group will be available on the day to discuss the benefits and assistance provided to victims of asbestos and their carers.

The primary aim of this event is to raise awareness amongst tradesmen that they are more at risk than they think from asbestos. The campaign also aims to encourage tradesmen to find out more about asbestos and the precautions they should be taking. It will also help you comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 as legislation states that it is a legal requirement to provide asbestos awareness training “for all employees whose work could foreseeably expose them to asbestos” (Regulation 10 – Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006) The course will be delivered by Environmental Essentials who are IATP (Independent Asbestos Training Providers) registered members and all delegates who successfully pass the course will receive a Environmental Essentials Training certificate. If you need any further information please contact Rosie Greer on 0845 4569953 or by email (All additional donations will be gratefully received.)

HSE Myth of the Month Myth: HSE Bans school ties

As we said at the start of the last school year, few parents would see wearing ties at school as a safety issue. Millions of children have been wearing ties as part of their uniform for years without any problems. Simple precautions such as removing the tie during laboratory work or around machinery make sense. But if the concern is really about children fighting, while clip-on ties may help, the real issue is discipline. So HSE doesn't ban school ties - it's up to schools to make their own decisions about uniforms.

ASBESTOS.. update from Canada

The asbestos industry's lobby group (the Chrysotile Institute) and Premier Charest claim that the ILO supports their position of continued "safe use" of chrysotile asbestos. This is false information. In the face of this continual misrepresentation of its position, the ILO just put out a statement on its position, confirming its commitment to “promoting the elimination of the future use of all forms of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials.” The International Trade Union Confederation, which represents 176 Million workers in 151 countries (including the Canadian Labour Congress and the Quebec Federation of Labour), has welcomed the ILO Statement and is strongly challenging Canada's continuing export of Asbestos: See press release and article below. ILO deals the 'death knoll for asbestos', says ITUC

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Independent Training News (ITN) Council Rapped in School Boiler Room Asbestos Row

A BOILER room in a Thurrock school had such dangerous levels of asbestos that it was branded off limits by the Health and Safety Executive.Thurrock Council is now one of ten authorities in the country to be told to improve its asbestos management or face legal action; it is also the only authority in the country to be served a prohibition notice, after the boiler room was discovered in April. The HSE’s report on its findings in Thurrock, published last week, said: “Two improvement notices served on Local Authority for the training of employees, and need to review and update asbestos surveys. Site specific prohibition notice served on LA for asbestos management in boiler room at school premises.” The school was visited after Thurrock Council failed to provide a satisfactory response to a survey of 152 authorities about their asbestos management.The HSE was looking at schools that were built between 1945 and 1980 specifically, because these were often fire proofed with asbestos. The HSE says that a prohibition notice deals with immediate danger and is given when an “employer fails to protect their employees and the public and there is a risk of serious personal injury.” Thurrock Council has refused to name the school where the boiler room caused such concern, but it did say that there wasn’t any danger now. Council spokesman Andy Lever said: “The council was issued with notices earlier this year, following an inspection of the management of asbestos in schools. “These included a prohibition notice in April for a school boiler house that was dealt with immediately by the council, to the satisfaction of the HSE. “The council and the HSE continue to work together effectively on asbestos inspection requirements in schools and on providing training for school staff.” Published 27/09/2010 Thurrock Gazette

Northern Ireland Asbestos Group Launched

Two local men have begun a support group for people suffering from asbestos related diseases. Arthur Rafferty and Brendan Whyte launched ASNI (Asbestos Support Northern Ireland) after Arthur found a lack of information when he was diagnosed with asbestosis, caused by inhaling deadly asbestos dust. “Throughout England, Scotland and Wales there are a number of asbestos support groups, yet in Northern Ireland there are none,” said Arthur. “We hope to raise awareness, offer support and act as a life line to those who feel isolated as they have no one to turn to.” There are several diseases associated with asbestos exposure; although not all of them are fatal they all affect the health and quality of life of those who suffer from them. All asbestos related diseases are preventable if the right precautions are taken when handling this deadly material, but due to lack of information and poor management people continue to suffer. Through ASNI, Arthur and Brendan are advising sufferers about state benefits associated with asbestos related diseases, helping them complete paperwork, and helping with representation at DSS tribunals. They have a drop in centre for people who have been affected by an asbestos related disease, and those who are too ill to come to them can avail of their home call out service. To contact ASNI email or call 077 1592 1137. Read more: HSE Hidden Killer Campaign: Asbestos is a Hidden Killer so now is the time to get clued up on the facts, so you, your workmates, your friends and your family are protected. Do you have a Duty to Manage Asbestos in Buildings? Not Sure? HSE explain

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Independent Training News (ITN) Conversation Matters Social Media Social Media, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are fast becoming an integral part of our daily lives – constantly mentioned on both the TV and radio. It’s a fact - technology is advancing, in communications, in business and in life. Millions of consumers and businesses are conversing across Social Media, which is why I aptly named my business ‘Conversation Matters’. I help individuals and companies understand each of the new media that make up ‘Social Media’, and show them what they can achieve in terms of visibility and awareness. Inform, share and contribute Engaging online allows us to build lasting relationships – not only with our target audience, but with our suppliers and our peers too. We can provide customer service, and be there before, after and during the sale. Very importantly it allows us to build influencers, who will help spread our message and allow it to become ‘viral’. We retain customer loyalty and win new customers too! Social Media engagement isn’t always about selling, although there are hundreds of businesses out there that will tell you how successful it is, including me. It really is all about creating visibility. The more platforms you engage across the more visible you become. This makes you easier to find and locate, and of course easier to contact and do business with. We can share information via online in a way we cannot offline. The use of blogs, videos, presentations, webinars and audio for example is a great way to provide information, advice and support. Spreading the Word I have a blog site, and I mostly write about Social Media and online social networking from a business point of view. Recently I invited a few people to guest blog about why they used certain media and what they wished to achieve. One particular article was written by Christine from CNM Training Solutions Ltd. The article she wrote was very thought provoking and highlighted the Hidden Killer, Asbestos, in our homes. It alerted people to the hidden dangers when performing repairs and DIY. The article went pretty viral – it was shared amongst thousands as it was read, passed and forwarded from person to person down through their individual networks. Other guest articles include one from a man who selflessly promotes charities through Twitter every Tuesday. By sharing information about theses good causes with literally thousands of people he increases visibility and awareness for each of the organisations. Another was from someone who had decided to take on a challenge for Diabetes UK by trekking through the jungle in Thailand and abseiling and raise funds through sponsorship.

Content Marketing is how we advertise our goods or services Community Management is how we keep in touch, share, support and inform our customers, potential customers, suppliers, peers and influencers. Presence Management is how we manage our own online presence through networks, forums, and our website for example. Listening & Monitoring gives us the opportunity to understand what our customers need and want. It allows us to react in real time to questions and issues pertinent to our areas of business and expertise. We can even see what our competitors are doing. Social Media allow us to be ‘everywhere’. We are in a ‘digital’ age, and believe it or not 50% of the world’s population is under 30 year old! Children are born into a world of online communications. They don’t use Yellow Pages or indeed any paper based ‘search tools’. When they want something, they search online. This of course is not reserved simply for the ‘young’ and many professionals use the new Smart Phones like Android, Blackberry or iPhone. These phones allow us to do more than we can on our PC! They are used to regularly update any Social Media activity, receive and send email, search locally and globally for products and services, get comments and feedback before we enter into a sale and of course keep in touch with our audience and friends. Your new customers are online. Are you? If you aren’t active within Social Media then you are leaving it up to your competitors to answer questions, provide support and win any business. For more information on how Social Media can help you please get in touch Lesley Aveyard Conversation Matters Web: Telephone: 07883843559

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