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Cordtape renews Sponsorship with local team, Eckington BFC

Eckington Boys Football Club was founded in 1983 by J. Adams, J. Gardner, J. Barden, A. Bailey, M. Wake and P. Reaney. The club formed from the old Halfway and Eckington Club when it was realised that the then Under 11’s were mainly from Eckington, and from this came the idea that Eckington could and should support a local team. From this small beginning the boys teams have gradually expanded to the current level participating in 12 different age groups.

Girl’s football is now very well established at the Club. They currently have an Under 11s and under 13s Girls Team playing in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls County Football League. They also have an established Girls Soccer School for Ages 7 to 13.

Last season has seen the introduction of the Club’s first U21 Team that have now gone onto the First Team open age. This will hopefully inspire younger players to extend their association with the club and reach this level of football and then eventually into Adult football.

There are now a total of 15 teams at the Club with over 200 boys playing each week-end throughout the season. We also have two Girls teams and approximately 30 to 40 boys and girls, between the ages of 4 and 13, attending the Soccer Schools every week.

UK children exposed to more asbestos than other countries – report

ResPublica says children can be exposed to 10 times as much as they would be in Germany

British asbestos regulation is so inadequate that a child can legally be exposed to 10 times as much of the toxic material as they would be in countries such as Germany, a report has warned.

The report, from the think tank ResPublica, calls for standards to be brought up to levels in the strictest European countries.

There are estimated to be about 6m tonnes of asbestos spread across 1.5m buildings in the UK, with about 80% of schools and 94% of NHS trusts containing it.

The report criticises the regulatory regime in the UK for allowing schoolchildren to inhale levels of airborne asbestos so much higher than are accepted elsewhere.

It argued that the technology used to measure airborne asbestos fibres in the UK is far less accurate than the techniques used in other countries. “A child inhales between five and 10 cubic metres of air per day, meaning the permitted levels of airborne asbestos in the UK can expose a child to 100,000 fibres per day, compared with 10,000 fibres in Germany,” the report said.

According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released in July, in 2017 there were 2,523 deaths from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the organs caused almost exclusively by the inhalation of asbestos fibres.

It is estimated that a similar number of people die from asbestos-related lung cancers.According to figures from the ONS, since 2001 at least 305 teaching and education professionals have died of mesothelioma. A 2018 study suggested that there were five times more deaths from mesothelioma among teachers and three times more among nurses than expected in populations not exposed to the substance.

The thinktank recommends that the UK government bring requirements for the management of asbestos up to the highest international standards, which it says are practiced in Germany, the Netherlands and France.

“The assumption is that the harm caused by asbestos is a historical issue relating to traditionally hazardous occupations and industries,” said the report’s authors.

“However, this view underestimates the dangers of chronic low-level exposure resulting from working in buildings containing asbestos. Mesothelioma can develop from exposure to only a small concentration of asbestos fibres, making secondary exposure no less a cause for concern.”

Between 1920 and 2000, Europe accounted for more than 50% of all asbestos traded throughout the world. The UK imported more asbestos per capita than any other country and has the highest rates of asbestos-related deaths in Europe.

The report also argues for the creation of a central register of all asbestosin public buildings across the UK – which should identify precise location, type and condition – and calls on the government to commission a cost-benefit analysis of the removal of all asbestos from them.

UK regulations state that asbestos should be maintained in situ rather than removed, provided it is in a “good condition and well protected either by its position or physical protection”. This approach has been criticised by unions for putting people at risk.

The director of ResPublica, Phillip Blond, said toxic material being allowed to sit in an increasing state of decay in our schools and hospitals coupled with the death rates among nurses and teachers were “a tragic indictment of the current system of containment and control”.

“The inability of our current health and safety regime to recognise and respond to the true extent of the dangers posed is even more worrying,” he said, adding that a “national health crisis awaits us and our children if we do not act now.”

A HSE spokesperson said there were stringent legal requirements for those responsible for public buildings in Britain to protect against the risks of asbestos. “There is only a significant risk if any asbestos already within the building fabric is disturbed,” they said.

“Great Britain led the way in 2002 to reduce these risks, when it introduced a new duty on those responsible for non-domestic buildings to locate and manage asbestos materials where it is decided it can be safely left in situ rather than removed.”

Original Source of Article: The Guardian

Blackpool Pier firm which let employees ‘vacuum asbestos’ from arcade carpets will be sentenced in 2020

The directors of one of Blackpool’s famous piers – who have admitted health and safety offences linked to asbestos – must wait six months to find out their fate.

A court hearing was previously told how asbestos fibres from Blackpool’s South Pier were allowed to float along the Promenade, as the pier’s owners cut corners on cost to remove a circus style roof above the main landward arcade.

An asbestos-lined arcade was demolished while visitors were allowed to roam nearby.

A company licenced to remove the dangerous asbestos legally had given the company a £16,000 quote, but instead, its employees started the work. People were allowed into the arcade where the work was being done, and asbestos were found on equipment. Three employees had used a Hoover to try to clean asbestos from a carpet during the removal of the roof.

An official notice was served closing down areas of the pier when the illegal contamination was discovered in June 2018. A previous hearing was told when Health and Safety officers became involved, it took nine days to clean up outside the pier and 12 days to clean up inside the arcade.

The Blackpool Pier Company previously pleaded guilty to eight offences of failing to ensure the health and safety of their employees, failing to ensure the health and safety of the public, and allowing the release of asbestos fibres into the atmosphere.

The company, based on Church Street, Blackpool, also admitted three charges of conniving to commit offences, failing to provide a plan of work being done on the pier and failing to give guidance and instruction for the control of asbestos.

Company finance director Fiona Blaylock, 44, of Arthurs Lane, Hambleton, near Blackpool, admitted one offence of failing to ensure the health and safety of the firm’s employees. Fellow director Peter Sedgwick Jr, 39, of Crane Hall Farm, Out Rawcliffe, near Preston, pleaded guilty to the same offence.

Defence lawyer Peter Gilmore said their pleas were on the full facts of the prosecution’s case. They will now appear before Preston Crown Court on May 1.

Original Source of Article: Blackpool Gazette

Where can asbestos be found in an industrial setting?

In this article Abigail Morrison, Senior Associate Solicitor at JMW Solicitors, offers some advice on the most common places where asbestos can be located in an industrial building.

Asbestos was widely used in construction before it was banned from use in 1999 as a result of its impact on the wellbeing of people who were exposed to it for a prolonged period of time. However, any industrial and residential buildings that were constructed before 2000 could still contain asbestos, meaning there could still be serious health implications for individuals living and working in these places today.

The material can cause serious health problems for those who are exposed to it, but the difficulty lies in the fact that symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses often do not present themselves until years later, meaning very often people are unaware exactly what has caused their health to decline.

Asbestos illnesses – such as mesothelioma – can have a profound impact on individuals who have been exposed to the smallest levels of the material. This means that many employees – including construction workers, contractors and teachers – are at a much higher risk of contracting such illnesses.

The rules surrounding the removal of asbestos from an industrial setting are somewhat of a grey area, and as long as the substance is not disturbed, it is not illegal to leave it in situ. However, due to the high level of common building materials that contain asbestos, as well as the widespread nature of its use, it can also be difficult to identify in certain settings.

Different types of asbestos
There are three types of asbestos that can often be detected in industrial buildings:

Blue asbestos (crocidolite);
Brown asbestos (amosite);
White asbestos (chrysotile).

Although commercial properties in various industries differ in terms of their layout and setting, there is still a high chance that they could contain asbestos if they were constructed before 2000. Of course, the presence of asbestos-containing fibres will depend on the company that was responsible for the construction of the building. However, being vigilant is vital for the organisations that inhabit these buildings.

Where can asbestos be found?
Asbestos WallBelow, we outline the places where asbestos is most commonly detected in the workplace.

Loose-fill insulation

Thought to be the most dangerous asbestos-containing material because it is made from pure asbestos. This means if it is disturbed, large quantities of fibre can be released into the air.

Cement water tank

Water tanks were commonly constructed using a lightweight material produced from wood cellulose and impregnated with inert coal tar pitch. Very often, asbestos was added to strengthen the material.

Sprayed coatings

Coatings sprayed on to ceilings, beams, walls and columns are said to be among the most dangerous materials that contain asbestos in an industrial building. These materials can contain up to 85% of asbestos, which can break up very easily, making it more harmful. The smallest disturbance of sprayed coatings is likely to release large quantities of asbestos fibres into the air.

Ceiling tiles

Ceiling tiles made from asbestos insulating board (AIB) are particularly dangerous. Any work carried out on these can be administered by non-licensed workers. Short-duration tasks, which do not need to be performed by a trained asbestos expert, are classified as less than one hour for one individual in a seven-day period.

Lagging on pipes and boilers

Materials used to lag boilers and pipes are considered one of the most dangerous asbestos-containing products. Individuals who are exposed to this are at heightened risk when the lagging or insulation is disturbed.

Toilet seats and cisterns

Asbestos composites can be found in old toilet cisterns and seats, as well as window sills and bath panels.

AIB panels in fire doors

Short-duration work to remove AIB in the demolition of a building or a major refurbishment would need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

AIB partition walls

AIB was previously used as a fireproofing material in partition walls, but was also used in:

Soffits;
Panels below windows;
Lift shaft linings;
Boiler surrounds.
Rope seals and gaskets

Rope seals and gaskets made from asbestos are usually located in gas or electric heating appliances.

Textiles

Old fire blankets and heat-resistant goods have historically been made out of asbestos textiles.

Vinyl floor tiles

Asbestos floor tiles have been historically popular and can be found in many old buildings. Old tiles containing asbestos can sometimes be located under carpets.

This HSE ‘Where can you find asbestos?’ guide, provides further insight.

Detecting asbestos outside of a building
In some cases, asbestos can be found on a building’s exterior in:

Roof panels;
Cement gutters and downpipes;
Cement flue;
Cement gutters.

If they are not detected, the impact that asbestos can have on the lives of those exposed to it can be devastating. It is the responsibility of businesses to ensure that their buildings are checked for asbestos.

Original Source of Article: SHP Online

Hull council pays out £3.5m in asbestos-related claims – and could soon have to pay more

Hull councillors had to start paying after the insurance provider went into liquidation.

City councillors have been warned they might have to stump up more cash to settle historic compensation claims over asbestos-related illnesses.

The authority has paid a total of £3.5m in two separate pay-outs since 2014 to meet liability requirements following a court judgement two years earlier.

Rather than payments to individuals, the pay-outs were in the form of levy charges imposed after the council’s main insurance provider Municipal Mutual Insurance (MMI) went into liquidation in 1993.

The levy charges are pooled into a national pot which is then used to settle asbestos-related compensation claims.

Legal wrangles over liability issues following the liquidation of MMI went on for nearly a decade.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled the insurer was liable to pay outstanding compensation to employees who had contracted mesothelioma, a fatal type of cancer linked to exposure to asbestos.

As a result, a so-called scheme of arrangement was triggered requiring councils such as Hull to pay levies into the national pot based on a percentage of the amount paid to creditors.

Hull paid just over £2.1m in early 2014 as a result of the ruling.

Then, following a further review of MMI’s financial position, the levy was increased from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

Hull then provided another £1.4m to fund the additional levy.

Now, the city council’s chief finance officer David Bell has warned the authority might have to dip into its pockets once again.

In a new report, he said: “The scheme’s administrators have advised that it is possible that a further levy may be required to meet future cost but at the moment none is payable and, as such, further liabilities cannot be reliably quantified.”

Cordtape Energy to the rescue!

Our Cordtape Energy office in Nottingham received a phone call regarding an emergency Energy Saving Jackets job for a regular Client on Monday morning and attended by lunchtime to measure the silencers and pipework.

The Clients requirements included that the cold face temperature should not exceed 50°c from a starting temperature of over 400°c, so we came up with a solution to accommodate and the job was completed to our usual high standard by the Friday.

Our quick and efficient turnaround meant that the job was done in less than a week, and enabled the Client to test the unit over the weekend and subsequently hand over the site to the principal client by their deadline and not incur and penalty costs.

Serious concerns over asbestos report

THE TEACHERS’ Union has highlighted that asbestos in schools is still not being managed safely, following the publication of the Department for Education’s Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) Survey report.

Ms Chris Keates, general secretary (acting) of NASUWT- The Teachers’ Union, said, “The NASUWT is deeply concerned to see that in a significant number of schools, asbestos is still not being managed safely. All steps must be taken to keep staff and children safe.

“The NASUWT is deeply concerned to see that in a significant number of schools, asbestos is still not being managed safely. All steps must be taken to keep staff and children safe.

“Every year, teachers and other education staff die from mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. In addition, up to 300 adults die each year due to exposure to asbestos in schools during childhood.

“We regret that the Government is simply not doing enough to protect staff and pupils.

“It is inexcusable that the Government has not made it compulsory for all schools to report on the presence and condition of asbestos.

“More than one in ten schools did not participate in the Department’s AMAP survey and 3,485 schools (17.8% of participating schools) are not compliant with the Department’s guidance.

“Asbestos is a significant problem in schools and it is deeply concerning that schools routinely are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over concerns that they are failing in their duty to safety manage asbestos.

“To protect staff and the public, the Government should also ensure that all schools are properly inspected by qualified persons to determine where asbestos is present, whether it should be removed or can be managed safely.

“There can also be no avoiding the fact of Government cuts to funding for refurbishing and building new schools since 2010 which, potentially, have contributed to pupils and teachers being further exposed to asbestos risk.

“Government and employers should be proactive in ensuring that all pupils and staff are safe in schools.”

Original Source of Article: Health and Safety Matters


Restaurant owner fined after asbestos disturbance

A RESTAURANT owner has been fined after asbestos was disturbed during the conversion of rooms above the restaurant into flats in Essex.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that during September 2016, above the Marco Polo restaurant on Lower Southend Road, Wickford, asbestos insulation board was removed and broken up which resulted in workers being exposed to asbestos fibres. An asbestos survey was only carried out after the asbestos had been disturbed.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a management asbestos survey and a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey had not been completed prior to the work starting, and the work had not been completed by a licenced asbestos contractor.

Faruk Kamali of Lower Southend Road, Wickford, Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £6,293.

After the hearing HSE inspector David King said “Those in control of works have a responsibility to manage the risks from asbestos in non-domestic premises. To achieve this the dutyholder must ensure that a suitable and sufficient assessment is carried out as to whether asbestos is or is liable to be present in the premises.”

Original Source of Article: Health and Safety Matters

700 English schools reported over asbestos safety concerns

Nearly 700 schools have been referred to the national health and safety body over concerns they are failing to safely manage asbestos in their buildings, potentially putting thousands of staff and pupils at risk, it has been revealed.

It is thought that about 90% of school buildings in England contain asbestos, often around pipes and boilers, and in wall and ceiling tiles. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that it is only a risk if it is disturbed or damaged, which releases fibres into the air.

However, campaigners and unions say asbestos in schools is often poorly managed and that staff are frequently unaware of its location in the buildings they work in. Even low levels of exposure to asbestos fibres can cause cancer decades later. Research has shown that exposure to asbestos is more dangerous the younger a person is, raising concerns over the future health of children.

Last year, the government launched the asbestos management assurance process to find out more about asbestos in schools. According to information released following a freedom of information request, of the 2,952 schools bodies that responded in full to the survey, 2,570 (87%) reported having asbestos in at least one of their buildings.

The Department for Education (DfE) has now referred 676 state-funded schools and academies in England to the HSE as they did not provide evidence “that they were managing asbestos in line with regulatory requirements”. The HSE will now carry out inspections of some of those schools.

Kevin Courtney, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), which is part of the joint union asbestos committee, said: “The fact that nearly 700 schools have been referred to HSE because they weren’t able to satisfy the DfE that they were managing their asbestos in line with legal requirements, is a shocking indictment of current systems of oversight.

“The lives of thousands of staff and pupils could be at risk in these schools. The HSE, which lacks resources following years of budget cuts, will now be expected to investigate these cases and we are concerned that it may struggle to do so.”

The HSE estimates that about 5,000 people die every year in the UK from asbestos-caused cancers, which can develop decades after exposure.

According to figures from the ONS, since 2001 at least 305 teaching and education professionals have died of mesothelioma, a cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos. A 2018 study suggested that there were five times more deaths from mesothelioma among teachers and three times more among nurses than expected in populations not exposed to the substance.

In 2017, an NEU survey of members found that of the 46% of respondents who had been told that their school contained asbestos, half had not been told where the asbestos was located. Nearly 75% of those who had been told where it was located said the asbestos was in accessible locations, such as floors, ceilings, and window frames.

Materials containing asbestos become more dangerous as they deteriorate or get damaged, and 60% of the school estate is more than 40 years old, according to the NEU.

Lucie Stephens started campaigning about asbestos in schools after her mother, Sue, died of mesothelioma in 2016. Sue had worked as a primary school teacher for 30 years and was diagnosed with the cancer in 2014.

An inquest found she had died from an industrial disease and that on the balance of probability she was exposed during her time as a teacher in schools in Buckinghamshire.

“What really bothered Mum was that because she didn’t know there was asbestos there, she wasn’t able to protect herself, but she also wasn’t able to protect the children she was teaching,” said Stephens. “So she unwittingly exposed her children to asbestos as well and they will be in their 40s now.”

Stephens and the joint union asbestos committee are calling on the government to implement the phased removal of all asbestos from schools, something that was recommended by the all-party parliamentary group on occupational health in 2012.

Stephens is also campaigning for the government to release the names of all schools with asbestos in and is raising funds to build a website to make the information accessible. The DfE has so far refused to release the names on the grounds it would deter schools from sharing information with it in the future.

In April, Latimer AP academy in north London was forced to close when asbestos was discovered inside door frames in its Victorian building. Last month, the HSE confirmed it had found traces of asbestos at Brunel primary and nursery academy in Saltash, Cornwall, following an investigation.

Charles Pickles, an independent asbestos campaigner who until recently worked as an asbestos consultant, said: “In the 60s and 70s we all knew that smoking was dangerous, then suddenly we became aware that passive smoking could cause cancer as well. It’s the same with asbestos.

“If you were a builder or working in an asbestos factory in the 60s, 70s or 80s you could have had huge exposure and your fate may be sealed, but most of the asbestos that was manufactured then is still in our public buildings now. There is no safe level for exposure to asbestos. It’s still there and it will be getting disturbed.”

A DfE spokesperson said: “The safety of pupils and staff is our highest priority which is why we have asked schools to provide information through the asbestos management assurance process. This data will help the department develop a greater understanding of the management of asbestos in schools. We plan to publish a report of the findings shortly.”

A HSE spokesperson said: “The HSE have worked with the DfE to use the asbestos management assurance process returns to provide targeted intelligence for a planned programme of proactive visits to schools.”

Original Source of Article: The Guardian

Asbestos dumped on river bank near Manea

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A costly clean-up operation is under way after 12 large bags of asbestos were dumped illegally on a river bank.

The overflowing sacks, from several different builders’ merchants, were found near Manea in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

It is thought the waste – which will cost Fenland District Council “several thousands of pounds” to clear – was dumped at some point on Sunday.

A council spokeswoman said: “The scale and audacity of the crime is shocking.”

The bags of asbestos – thought to weigh about 12 tonnes in total – were found next to the river at Byall Fen Drove, where the Sixteen Foot Bank meets the Forty Foot Bank.

“Exposure to asbestos can also be a serious health hazard,” the spokeswoman added. “We are working with our partners, including the Environment Agency, to investigate the incident, gather evidence and ensure the waste is removed as quickly as possible.

“Witnesses are key to helping us identify who is responsible and we would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch.

“We are committed to catching those who fly-tip in our district and would urge people to report any such activity that appears suspicious.”

Original Source of Article: BBC News