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Denis Morgan

Denis is the Divisional Technical Manager for asbestos and has responsibility for training, both for internal and external candidates. He is a Chartered Chemist who has specialised in analytical chemistry with the past fourteen years being involved with asbestos related work. He is a member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and has been involved with running their various Proficiency Module courses and the Specialist Module on ‘Asbestos and Other Fibres’. Currently he is actively involved with various committees covering proficiency testing and also asbestos in soils and aggregates.


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The Life of an Asbestos Sample

The Life of an Asbestos Sample

While the use and production of new asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) has been banned in the UK since 1999, a large proportion of railway infrastructure still contains the fibrous mineral. Used in the construction and maintenance of trains and locomotive components, the fire retardant and insulating properties of asbestos made it an ideal material for lining carriage walls, lagging pipe work, brake pads, packing piston cylinders, boilers and heating systems. Prior to any planned building work on trains/buildings, duty holders are required to undertake a management, refurbishment or demolition survey, dependent on the nature of the construction taking place. These often require samples of ACMs to determine the extent of the risk of asbestos exposure. Specific procedures have therefore been put in place to ensure that each sample is analysed as accurately and precisely as possible.…

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Managing Asbestos In Public Sector Buildings

Managing Asbestos In Public Sector Buildings

The health and safety responsibility and management of facilities in public sector buildings can fall across a number of varying roles. With more than 500,000 public buildings still estimated to contain asbestos today, the requirement to manage asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) remains a big responsibility for public sector managers.…

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Managing Asbestos within Hospitals and UK Healthcare Centres

Managing Asbestos within Hospitals and UK Healthcare Centres

If managed carefully, asbestos in a hospital does not pose a risk to patients or staff. However, any disturbance of the material has the potential to endanger lives. In fact, the BBC found “352 claims were made against health trusts between January 2013 and December 2017 by people who had developed asbestos-related diseases in NHS buildings” – resulting in £16.4million of compensation paid out to victims.…

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Managing Asbestos in Rolling Stock

Managing Asbestos in Rolling Stock

Up until its ban in 1999, asbestos was used widely for its insulating and fire resistant properties - with use in the rail industry no exception. Buildings in the rail sector as well as the train rolling stock were – and continue to be - commonplace for asbestos containing materials.!…

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Training is key to top-notch asbestos management

Training is key to top-notch asbestos management

Despite being banned in 1999, asbestos is still widespread across the UK built environment. Asbestos containing materials (ACMs), such as old ceiling tiles, plasterboard and wall insulation, may still be present in buildings - particularly those built before the late 1970s. Meanwhile, traces of the substance may be found in remnants of paints and other coatings after the original ACM has been removed, or even in soils after the building has been demolished.…

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