GB 249 DAL
Alan Dalton papers
- 1899-2003 (Creation)
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Alan Dalton was born in May 1946. He was a chemist and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for seven years. In the late 1960s, he was the workplace safety and environmental campaigner for the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science, and, throughout the 1970s, led its campaign on asbestos. In 1970, he helped found 'Hazards Bulletin', a grassroots safety magazine. In 1979, he published 'Asbestos: Killer Dust' and was subsequently sued for libel by a doctor whom he criticised in the book for his pro-industry views and advocacy of the safe use of asbestos. Dalton lost the case and was bankrupted by the legal bill. He continued, however, to champion grassroots workplace and environmental activism. In the 1980s, he was a journalist at the Labour Research Department, a trade union safety tutor and then lecturer in occupational health at South Bank University. From 1995 to 1998, he was health and safety co-ordinator for the Transport and General Workers’ Union, where he nurtured a new network of union safety representatives and forced environmental issues to the centre of the union safety agenda. From 1998 to 2002, he was a community representative on the board of the Environment Agency. In 2000, he published 'Consensus kills'. He died in December 2003.
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Correspondence and papers relating to Dalton's career and his work for the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive; publications, reports, press cuttings, video recordings and correspondence on environmental and occupational health issues particularly asbestos; 'Hazards Bulletin' magazine.
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