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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Asbestos: The Future Risk

ISBN13: 9780957559509
Published: March 2013
Publisher: Iskaboo Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback, A4
Price: £40.00

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Recent estimates suggest that between 2009 and 2050 asbestos claims will cost the insurance industry £11 billion in the UK alone, while for many other countries the problem is only just beginning. Clearly, the asbestos problem is far from over and insurers, along with governments, face an increasingly difficult time when it comes to paying claims fairly and expediently – and assessing just how much claims are likely to cost in the future.

Asbestos is not just a problem of the past, nor is there an identifiable point in the future by which we can stop worrying about its legacy. In various countries around the world asbestos production and consumption continues unabated, storing up problems for the future. In countries that have banned the use of asbestos, such as the UK, the continued presence of this material in buildings public and private will have consequences for decades to come.

Asbestos – the Future Risk is a special report that pulls together the historical background as to how this mineral came to be so widely used; the medical view of asbestos related diseases and their treatment; the current patterns of consumption that indicate where future claims may come from; and current practice for dealing with asbestos in the built environment, exposure to which has spread asbestos-related diseases to people outside those occupations that worked directly with asbestos.

A 156 page, soft cover, A4 size book with colour illustrations, tables and charts containing the latest available data on the subject, this report from the team behind Run Off & Restructuring provides an all-round update on the present state of knowledge and sets out the challenges faced by claimants, governments, private companies, public authorities, lawyers and insurers.

Health and Safety, Tort Law
Timeline 6
Introduction 8
The hidden killer
What is asbestos? 9
A brief history of asbestos
Asbestos production and consumption 15
Asbestos related diseases 21
Structure of the human lungs
Calcified pleural plaques
Diffuse pleural thickening
Lung cancer
New research
Chrysotile versus amphibole 31
The pro-asbestos lobby
Asbestos substitutes
History of asbestos
regulations 37
The Helsinki criteria
Understanding fibre measurements
Global mesothelioma study 45
Study methodology
Life expectancy
Exposure to asbestos 53
Asbestos in UK buildings
Take home mesothelioma
Prevention measures
World Trade Center
Ship breaking 61
The Hong Kong Convention
New regulations
Schools 65
Risk to children
Asia – the coming crisis 71
India 77
Asbestos cement sheeting
Industry structure
Health and safety
The move to ban asbestos
Increasing public opposition
US asbestos litigation 85
Civil litigation
Fair Act
Turner & Newall
Trusts 93
Johns Manville
Trust shortfalls
UK asbestos litigation 103
Key cases and judgments
Divisible and non-divisible diseases
Criminal prosecutions 109
Establishing corporate liability 113
Claims research
Creating a corporate history
Trends in claims and compensation 119
The Netherlands
Reserving for asbestos claims 133
Organisations and resources 139
Appendix 1 Uses of asbestos 1850 – 1990 141
Appendix 2 World asbestos consumption 144
Appendix 3 Occupations at risk 149.