1.3 million tradespeople at risk from dangers of asbestos


Health and Safety Executive launches new safety campaign as an average of 20 tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases

Tradespeople, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, could come into contact with deadly asbestos on average more than 100 times a year* according to a new survey commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)**.

As well as illustrating how often tradespeople can be exposed to asbestos, the survey revealed some common myths believed by those at risk, with 1 in seven (14 per cent) believing that drinking a glass of water will help protect them from the deadly dust and one in four (27 per cent) thinking that opening a window will help to keep them safe.

More: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/1-3-million-tradespeople-at-risk-from-dangers-of-asbestos/?eban=govdel-press-release&cr=09-Oct-2014