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Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, more than the number of people killed on the road.
20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure.
Asbestos can be found in any building which was built before 2000, people believe that asbestos is a problem of the past, however asbestos can lay dormant for year, but when materials which contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. Through inhalation the fibres can cause serious diseases, but these diseases will not affect you immediately, they can take a number of years to develop, often when the disease is diagnosed it is often too late to do anything.
Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases
- Asbestos-related lung cancer
- Pleural thickening
Further details of the diseases can be found at
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012:
Asbestos essentials include a number of task sheets which will show you how to safely carry out non-licensed work with asbestos. These sheets can be used to form an important part of the risk assessment if they match the work you are doing.
Asbestos: The licensed contractors guide:
Specialist risk assessments should be conducted, further information can be found at:
The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum
The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum is waging an effective campaign, lobbying Lords and MPs and being mentioned in speeches. Please sign and circulate the Petition:
TUC Asbestos Guidance: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/extras/asbestosguide.pdf
Free leaflets and information http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/asbindex.htm
HSE Asbestos APP: http://www.beware-asbestos.info/