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IATP 2013 End Of Year Review

What a year for IATP! We parachuted into January 2013 with our 1st Annual Dinner, Awards and Fundraising Auction “Casino Royal” and what a success. The event brought our industry sectors, charities and patients / the meso warrior community together; it changed perceptions positively on both sides. 
 
It has been a busy year for IATP, as an organisation we don’t subscribe to committees or boards, instead we have a working group that addresses broader issues which cascade down to task teams, which are made up of people with matched skill sets who work on individual projects. We also have a group of Directors with specific individual skills that are applied to the running of IATP and we have a talented IATP Events Team, who co-ordinate and organise all our fundraising events with professional style and finesse.
 
It is important to acknowledge and recognise that everyone who contributes to the running of IATP does so out of their own time and money, we do not have PAYE’s, the organisation office shares across the UK, this enables IATP to be a cost effective member organisation.
 
With nearly a 100 Members that IATP represents we have taken our presence far and wide. In March we attended and presented at the ADAO Asbestos Conference in Washington DC USA, where we linked up with the Bernie Banton Foundation in AU and subsequently AVA AU. We are extending our connections in the EU and look forward to welcoming a delegation from Holland to the UK in 2014. This year we partnered with the British Lung Foundation for phase 2 of the Take 5 and Stay Alive Campaign focusing on the trades. To date IATP Members and Associates have distributed over 30.000 Take 5 Pocket Books and the BLF Training Directory lists IATP Members exclusively.
 
Action Mesothelioma day UK 2013 hosted our second fundraising event, a 2,374 balloon release in Derby raising funds for DAST, the event was a huge success, sponsored and supported by UNITE, Thompsons Solicitors and the GMB, another event flawlessly executed by the IATP Events Team and Volunteers.  
 
As we approach 2014 IATP is looking forward to representing our members at HSE ALG, 2014 will see a greater focus on competence, standards with IATP playing a major role in working with LARC's in developing "in-house" systems and processes in order to achieve this industry goal (KPI's).  IATP asks of it's Members who have an interest in this area to join the Working Group, to register your interest e-mail info@iatp.org.uk

We are gearing up for our next Annual Fundraising Dinner 08/03/2014 “The Great Gatsby” we hope many of you will join us for Fun and Fundraising whilst raising Asbestos Awareness.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all our contributors, partners, Members, supporters, IATP appreciates everyone’s contribution to the organisations development and growth, as we go forward IATP will continue to adhere to our code of conduct and mission statement by improving standards and ensuring an open market place of fair trade for IATP Members.
 
We wish you all a Peaceful Festive Break and a Prosperous New Year.
 
Christine Winter
IATP Chair Person / Communications
 
 
 

Health board fined for asbestos failings

A Scottish health board has been fined for a safety failing that led to several workers being exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres during a seven-year period.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard today (20 December) that Greater Glasgow Health Board, known as NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, had failed to properly manage the risks of asbestos in a ground floor neurology plant and switch room of Southern General Hospital.

The court heard that three surveys, used to identify and manage asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in premises, had been carried out in the room.

In all three the same ACM in the ceiling of the room was identified as “high risk” and the recommended action was “removal and environmental cleaning”. The health board was advised of this on each occasion, but no action was taken.

In March 2011, following plans to run electrical installations into the plant room, a specialist company carried out a further survey which found several highly damaged ACMs, debris from the original ACM in the ceiling, that posed a “high risk”.  The room was sealed and background monitoring tests showed a high level of air contamination and the matter was reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The HSE investigation found the health board had taken no action in relation to the ACM in the ceiling since the original 2004 survey, nor had it acted following the later surveys. The area had then become extensively contaminated with unsealed asbestos debris as a result of the health board’s failure to remove the ACMs and environmentally clean the area.

The monitoring of the ACM in the room was insufficient. Had monitoring been carried out more regularly, it would have been clear that the ACM was still present and still posing a high risk to anyone entering.
As a result, employees of the health board and outside contractors had been exposed to the harmful asbestos fibres in the plant room during the seven year period. CONTINUE READING 

Source HSE 20/12/2013
Work on the tools in the trades? Take 5 And Stay Alive. Wise Up. Train Up. Dont Take Asbestos Home! VIEW  IATP has distributed over 30.000 Pocket Books, to order yours mail info@iatp.or.uk FOC for IATP Members & Partners P&P Charged for non Members.

Schools containing asbestos will be required to place warning signs at their front gate

Schools containing asbestos will be required to place warning signs at their front gate after the Education Department was taken to court and ordered to lift its game following a series of safety breaches.

WorkSafe documents reveal that legal action was recently taken against the department for putting several schools at risk - despite the government previously insisting it had a ''comprehensive system'' to manage asbestos and keep students safe.

Under a binding agreement with the workplace authority, schools that have asbestos will now be required to erect warning signs on gates and buildings; hundreds of audits will be conducted over the next 18 months; and principals will be properly trained in asbestos safety procedures.

The breaches were recorded at three schools: Newlands Primary School, Clayton South Primary School, and Timboon P-12 College, all of which were found to have insufficient labelling or auditing practices.

Timboon, which is located in Transport Minister Terry Mulder electorate, was forced to shut down temporarily in July, when a WorkSafe inspector issued two prohibition notices after finding asbestos and peeling lead paint on site.

The department has since acknowledged wrongdoing and signed an ''enforceable undertaking'' with the state's workplace authority promising to improve. But the revelations are an embarrassing blow for the government, which has repeatedly insisted that ''all schools are safe'' and that it already had appropriate measures to deal with asbestos. CONTINUE READING
 
Source: The Age Victoria 22/12/2013
 

Some scientific hired guns try to hide their industry ties; others flaunt them. Either way cash-for-science can be very bad news for your health. Hazards editor Rory O’Neill follows the money.

 
Lab Rats: The anatomy of deadly product defence campaigns

Take one deliberately undercooked cancer experiment, publish a scientific paper to promote its academically ridiculed findings, and go on a world tour to publicise its conclusions, and what do you get? In the case of Dr David Bernstein, the asbestos industry’s go-to scientist, the answer is several million dollars.

For the Switzerland-based US toxicologist (right), his role as the chief scientific propagandist for the asbestos industry worldwide has been as lucrative as it has been suspect.

One 2003 study alone was financed with $1 million from the Chrysotile Institute, at the time the lead body for the industry lobby worldwide.1  It formed the basis of what David Egilman, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (IJOEH), called the asbestos industry’s enduring ABC – Anything But Chrysotile – myth.2 The Bernstein paper argued that because chrysotile was less “biopersistent” than other forms of asbestos, it could be used safely.

No matter that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)3  and scientists not in the pay of the industry believe that all forms of asbestos, including chrysotile, are unquestionably human carcinogens.

The industry though needed to convince the world that chrysotile was different. Its survival plan required it to defend chrysotile markets and that meant questioning the cancer link. Big Asbestos has nowhere else to go - for two decades chrysotile has been the only form of asbestos traded. It has comprised 95 per cent of all asbestos used over the past century.

So the industry embarked on a four step strategy to give chrysotile asbestos a clean bill of health.
CONTINUE READING 

Source: Hazards Magazine December 2013
You are invited to the IATP Annual Fundraising Dinner, Awards & Auction 08/03/2014 
      "The Great Gatsby" 
To book your tickets online click HERE Enjoy an Evening of Fun & Fundraising & All That JAZZ


Some of the Auction Items that will be available at The Great Gatsby. 

Limited Edition Print, Framed and signed by the artist Guillermo Villamizar " The Female Face Of Britain's Asbestos Catastrophe. Donated by Laurie Kazan-Allen (IBAS) 

Limited Addition Framed Print "justice has no timeline". Donated by Linda Reinstein. (ADAO) 

2012 Signed Copy of "The Last Mile" by Barbie Minty McQueen. Donated by IATP

It would not be a Dinner Dance without Champagne!

IATP is sourcing Auction Items. Take the opportunity to promote your company by making a donation to the Auction or Sponsoring an element of the event, all donations and sponsors will be promoted in the Event Programme, the IATP Website and Social Media. All funds raised go to DAST (Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team) 

To Donate or Sponsor contact events@iatp.org.uk 
ADAO Year End Message
How can it be almost a year since we were all together at the “Casino Royale” event in January 2013? Receiving IATP’s Global Impact Award was and still is a treasured honor. I truly believe that ADAO can have that global impact only due to the strength of our work with IATP and other partners. You are an inspiration to us and together our impact has grown tremendously, around the world. With your “Great Gatsby” 2014 gathering coming in March, I am reflecting back over 2013 with tremendous gratitude to IATP.

It was wonderful to meet people in person who have become my good friends through social media. Those friendships and partnerships have stayed strong in 2013. Partnering for Prevention keeps us close. When IATP held your spectacular Balloon Launch on UK Mesothelioma Day, at ADAO we were there in spirit and online! When ADAO held our annual conference, we were delighted to welcome IATP’s Christine Winter to speak about asbestos in the UK.

The British Lung Foundation’s Take Five and Stay Alive campaign has been a great resource for us in the U.S., as has the information from HSE’s Asbestos the Hidden Killer. We’ve provided links to these resources and more in our new Asbestos Mobile App. Whether it’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week or the Share Your Story campaign, we are side by side with IATP.
 
October 2013 marked one year since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, exposing thousands of Americans to asbestos debris. We continue our prevention awareness campaign to protect Do-It-Yourselfers.  In 2013, more than ever before, ADAO has been testifying before the U.S. Congress. Most recently, we testified against the FACT Act, an effort by the asbestos industry to delay and deny justice for victims. Every time we have the opportunity to tell the stories of Mesothelioma Warriors, we come a little bit closer to an asbestos ban. Remembering your efforts in the UK helps us keep our hope and our momentum. For more details about ADAO’s activities, view our 2013 Year-in-Review report.

From across the ocean, we hope to share our 10th Anniversary Asbestos Awareness Conference with IATP. Where Knowledge and Action Unite will be our theme when we meet in Washington, D.C. on April 4-6, 2014. That same theme speaks to the accomplishments of IATP as well.
 
Together, change is possible.
 
Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Linda@AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org
www.adao.us
Revised ACoP L143 available to download HERE, hard copy available to purchase January 2014
 
Hotpoint factory asbestos fears

Llandudno junction worker died from industrial disease, inquest rules.

Former factory workers have  come forward with information about conditions at the  plant which probably contributed to the death of one employee.

In April this year Arfon Morris, who had worked at Hotpoint in Llandudno Junction  for 40 years, urged workmates  to confirm his statements  about how they were exposed  to asbestos over long periods.
Mr Morris, 77, died three  months later and yesterday at  an inquest in Ruthin, John  Gittins, the Coroner for North  Wales East and Central, recorded a conclusion of death from  industrial disease.

Mr Morris, of Penrhos Avenue, Llandudno Junction, was  diagnosed with mesothelioma  in December 2012 after developing a persistent cough. His  condition rapidly deteriorated  and he died in St David’s Hospice in July.

The coroner read a statement by him in which he  described how he began working at the Hotpoint plant,  which employed 2,000 people  at its peak, in 1957.

For 20 years he was a  spray-painter before moving to  the welding shop.

He said  the factory’s maze of pipes was covered in  asbestos lagging which was  removed whenever repairs  were needed, and very often  the place was thick with dust.  He believed the wall panels  also contained asbestos.

Mr Morris’s wife Sophia,  who also worked at the plant,  told the inquest they were  totally unaware of the risks of  such an environment and no  protective equipment was  provided, and it came as a  shock when her husband was  diagnosed.

She said:  “It was the furthest thing  from our minds."

Mr Gittins said that more  cases of the disease were emerging and it was “an ongoing  process”. Three of the nine inquests he conducted yesterday  were linked to asbestos.

During his interview in April  Mr Morris said he had instructed specialist industrial disease  lawyers Irwin Mitchell to help  provide answers as to why he  was exposed to asbestos and  why more was not done to  protect him.

After yesterday’s hearing  Megan Christie from the  Manchester-based firm said:  “As a result of that appeal we  have been contacted by a  couple of former employees  who have confirmed what conditions were like at the factory,  and that has helped us prepare  our claim.”

Source: DAILY POST 18/12/2013 
HSE:Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) A guide to the introduction and use of RPE

This three-part DVD will help you – the employer – introduce and manage the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in your workplace.

The DVD includes:

Protect yourself: RPE user guide – Visual demonstration of how RPE can protect the wearer, the importance of getting a good fit and the consequences of not fitting or maintaining RPE

Introducing and managing RPE in the workplace – How a business coped with the introduction of RPE to protect their workers and how management went about achieving buy-in and cooperation from their employees to use RPE correctly. This is a real-life demonstration of HSE research on the key actions employers can take to get effective use of RPE by the workforce

Inspecting a respiratory protective programme – Walk through of a typical HSE inspection focusing on RPE at a foundry site. It shows an HSE inspector’s use of observation and discussions with the employer and employees to establish whether the use of RPE is being managed properly

Source: HSE December 2013
One in three basement projects fail safety checks

More than a third of domestic basement projects in three London boroughs failed unannounced safety checks during a two-day clampdown, figures reveal.

The inspection initiative by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last month, on 20/21 November, saw a team of inspectors visit 107 sites across Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

Enforcement action was taken at 36 of those sites – an overall rate of 34% – with 41 Prohibition Notices served requiring dangerous practices to stop with immediate effect, and 21 Improvement Notices served requiring safety improvements to be made.

The majority of the Prohibition Notices related to unsafe work at height, with dangerous excavations also an area of concern. Inadequate welfare provision accounted for three quarters of the Improvement Notices.

However, despite the clear evidence that domestic basement projects remain a cause for concern, HSE’s lead inspector for the initiative believes some progress is being made.

The results show that contractors who have previously engaged with HSE in activity of this kind have made improvements – with the poorest standards identified generally amongst firms who were previously unknown to visiting inspectors.

Andrew Beal, Principal Inspector for HSE’s Construction Division in the City and South West London explained:

“The overall picture is on a par with other targeted inspections of basement work, and we also identified the same kind of problems relating to unsafe work at height and excavations, and poor welfare facilities.

“That suggests the message isn’t getting through, or that there is complacency towards health and safety across this sector of the construction industry. But that isn’t necessarily the case.

“What we found during the inspections was that better standards were usually at sites managed by companies who are known to HSE, a number of whom have previously received enforcement notices requiring improvements to be made.

“It illustrates that lessons have been learned, and we hope the latest failings that required action will have a similar impact.”
 
Domestic basement projects are technically-challenging and carry substantial risks. Common issues found during the inspections were: CONTINUE READING 

Source: HSE 17/12/2013
 
IATP Wishes you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! 


We look forward to working together 2014
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