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Nancy Tait et al. (1979) ‘National priorities in occupational disease: the family and the community’

Typescript and offprint of Nancy Tait, Jean Robinson and John Heath (1979) ‘National priorities in occupational disease: the family and the community’, in ‘Arh hig rada toksikol ['Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology']’ 30 (supplement), 1515-1521.

This was based on a presentation at the xix International Congress on Occupational Health ‘Organisational and Social Aspects of Occupational Health’, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, 25-30 September 1978.

Jean Robinson (b. 1930, née Lynch) was one of the original SPAID trustees. She was a patient activist and had been a member of several patient groups when she became the chair of the Patients Association in 1973. In 1979 she became a lay member of the General Medical Council (GMC).

Nancy Tait (1980) 'The effect of differing concepts of the criteria that should be used for the diagnosis of asbestos disease'

Copy of offprint Nancy Tait (1980) 'The effect of differing concepts of the criteria that should be used for the diagnosis of asbestos disease', in 'Biological effects of mineral fibres' vol. 2, ed. J C Wagner (Lyon: IARC Publications No 30).

The article argued that the work of SPAID "suggests that arbitrary rules, operated for the purpose of deciding which cases may benefit from employment insurance schemes, are adding to the recognized problems connected with the diagnosis of asbestos disease. As a result, statistics are unrealistic and do not include cases which show not only that workers in the asbestos manufacturing industry are at risk, but that asbestos, including chrysotile, affects the health of the community."

Nancy Tait (1983) ‘The role of SPAID […] in the prevention of disease and the welfare of sufferers'

Materials relating to the production of Nancy Tait's ‘The role of SPAID (the Society for the Prevention of Asbestosis and Industrial Diseases) in the prevention of disease and the welfare of sufferers’, chapter 2 in ‘Asbestos: properties, applications and hazards’ vol. 2 ed. Seymour S Chissick and Robert Derricott (Wiley: 1983, 9-62). In reverse chronological order.


  • correspondence including invitation to the book launch
  • offprint of the chapter and various draft versions
  • appended documents used by Tait to substantiate her claims
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd leaflets

Nancy Tait (n.d.) 'The prevention of asbestos diseases: activities of SPAID'

Correspondence with George A Peters, Santa Monica (USA), re a chapter on SPAID for vol. 10 or 11 of the 'Sourcebook on asbestos diseases’, ed. George A Peters and Barbara J Peters.


  • invitation to contribute to the 'Sourcebook'
  • Peters' editors' postscript to vol. 10, focusing on compensation practices
  • information on earlier volumes of the series

It remains unclear whether the chapter was ever written.

Production of 'Asbestos facts' (2000)

Correspondence and papers re the production of Nancy Tait (2000) 'Asbestos facts'. Includes

  • correspondence with compensation lawyers re the content of relevant sections in the publication
  • drafts in various stages
  • copy of finished product
  • notes relating to updates of the 2000 edition
  • flyer for 'Asbestos facts'
  • circular letter from Nancy Tait, announcing that the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) report reviewing the prescription of diseases attributable to asbestos, Cm 6553, will be laid before Parliament on 14 July 2005

General distribution of 'Asbestos facts'

Responses to requests for copies of 'Asbestos facts' and unsolicited mailings of the booklet. In alphabetical order by surname of individual or name of organisation. Recipients included concerned members of the public, health professionals, solicitors, union contacts, potential funders of OEDA, asbestos victim support groups, cancer charities and similar, journalists, and students interested in making asbestos a topic of their master's thesis.

Display board on a former worker in a brake-lining factory

Display board on the case of early mesothelioma affecting a former worker in a brake-lining factory.

Outlines underlying problems with diagnosis of asbestos-related disease, cause of death reporting and mesothelioma statistics: the Pneumoconiosis Medical Panel (PMP) reported no asbestos bodies, whereas electron microscope examination conducted at SPAID's request found significant quantities of chrysotile and crocidolite. PMP failed to tell the coroner that their pathologist had reported early pleural malignant mesothelioma with invasion of the lung; as a result of the omission the death certificate concludes natural causes.

Poster on Clydebank asbestos dump

Poster of news coverage in response to the proposal to build a private hospital on derelict industrial land on the north bank of the River Clyde between Clydebank and Dalmuir.

The SPAID caption reads: 'Old asbestos waste dumps are a hazard, men wore respirators and protective overalls when clearing Clydebank site where children have played. Thousands of tons of asbestos waste were dumped there during the thirty three years that Turner and Newalls factory operated.'

The hospital complex, a project of Health Care International, opened in June 1994 and incorporated a four star hotel so that family could travel with patients. Reportedly it cost £ 7m to decontaminate the site, which had previously been used by Turner Asbestos Cement (TAC) Co Ltd / TAC Construction Materials Ltd.

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