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Asbestos

05-01-2012

asbestosDid you know that every week in the UK, on average...

4 plumbers die
20 tradesmen die
6 electricians die
8 joiners die

due to exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.

The Health and Safety Executive's Hidden Killer campaign aims to prevent exposure to asbestos by raising awareness of what asbestos is, where it is commonly found, what the danger is and how asbestos can be handled safely.

Visit the Hidden Killer site for further information.

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