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Oct
13
HSE launches asbestos help website
Posted On: 13-10-2014
The Health and Safety Executive has launched a new asbestos awareness initiative and a website designed to help construction workers and trades people assess asbestos risks on the go.
 
The new website, www.beware-asbestos.info, is designed to be used on mobile phones, ipads and laptops and offers quick, practical advice on asbestos issues.
 
Workers can log in and work through a series of questions to find out whether you should attempt to start work on a project and what kit you need, for example, or whether you need to call in a specialist contractor. As part of the new campaign the HSE will also give away 200,000 asbestos safety kits.

Survey reveals workers still unsure of safe asbestos working practices

The HSE's asbestos 'hidden killer' campaign in 2008 highlighted the risks but construction workers are still coming into contact with asbestos - it estimates that tradespeople could come into contact with asbestos more than 100 times a year, and that 20 tradespeople die of asbestos-related diseases every week in the UK. Millions of residential and commercial buildings constructed before 2000 still house asbestos, potentially putting workers' health at risk.

HSE chief inspector for construction, Philip White, said: “Asbestos is still a very real danger and the survey findings suggest that the people who come into contact with it regularly often don’t know where it could be and worryingly don’t know how to deal with it correctly, which could put them in harm’s way.”
 
In a survey of 500 tradespeople in September 2014, the HSE found that:
  • More than two thirds failed to identify measures for safe asbestos working.
  • It found that 55 per cent of construction workers said they know how to protect themselves from the risk of asbestos exposure, compared with 70 per cent of carpenters and joiners and 71 per cent of plumbers.
  • The survey also revealed that only 15 per cent of tradespeople were aware that asbestos could be found in buildings built up to the year 2000.
 Find out more: Construction News - HSE launches asbestos safety campaign 
 


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