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    ASBESTOS

    HSE warn building trade workers of the dangers of asbestos

    The ‘Asbestos:The Hidden Killer’ campaign is designed to reduce the rising death rate from asbestos-related disease by educating those in the building trades about the danger that asbestos presents to them. Figures issued by HSE reveal that every week 20 tradesmen die from asbestos-related diseases and this number is set to increase

    Asbestos presents a real and relevant risk to plumbers, joiners, electricians and many other maintenance workers as it may be present in any building constructed or refurbished before the year 2000. It is estimated that around 500,000 non-domestic buildings could contain asbestos and require repair and maintenance work. When the asbestos fibres are disturbed e.g. by drilling or cutting, they are likely to be inhaled.

    HSE advise that “Those responsible for managing building maintenance and repair of non-domestic buildings, have a duty to inform tradesmen if asbestos is present in a building they are working in. Asbestos sprayed coatings, board or lagging on pipes and boilers – should only be tackled by licensed workers.”

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