The British Lung Foundation has launched a new campaign that aims to raise awareness of the risks related to asbestos exposure. Official statistics say that 20 people die each week from asbestos, and it’s still the U.K.’s biggest work related killer. The number of deaths continues to rise each year, and twice as many people die from asbestos exposure than on the roads.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950’s. Any development that was built before the year 2000 is likely to contain the substance, and the airborne fibres can even contaminate workers clothes which increases the risk of exposure to others.
Dave Goodwin of REC Asbestos said “Asbestos exposure on building sites continues to be deadly, not only for tradespeople who are in the direct line of contact but also other employees who might be nearby.“
He continued “Awareness and specialised training is key in minimising the dangers and we endorse any new campaign that highlights these risks. Site managers or tradesmen who are unsure about the safety of a building must contact a qualified asbestos consultant, however small the risk might be. The welfare of all employees must be taken in to account when planning any repairs or demolition works.“
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