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Magic Mineral to Killer Dust: Turner & Newall and the Asbestos Hazard

Geoffrey Tweedale


Asbestos was once known as the ‘magic mineral’ because of its ability to withstand flames. Yet since the 1970s, it has become a notorious and feared ‘killer dust’ that is responsible for thousands of deaths and an epidemic that continues into the new millennium. This book gives an account of the UK asbestos health problem, providing an in-depth look at the occupational health experience of one of the world's leading asbestos companies — British asbestos giant, Turner & Newall. Based on a company archive recently released in American litigation, it gives an insight into all aspects of the asbes ... More

Keywords: asbestos, magic mineral, flames, killer dust, health problem, occupational health, Turner & Newall, hazard, dust control, compensation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Tweedale, author
Reader in the Centre for Business History, Manchester Metropolitan University