A new pledge has been launched to help tackle the number of people dying from asbestos-related disease in the UK.
The number of compensation claims in the UK resulting from exposure to asbestos is far too high, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has launched an awareness campaign to help tradesmen across Britain protect themselves from the deadly dust.
According to the watchdog, it is hoping those who run training courses will pledge 4,000 hours to asbestos education programmes this month – the approximate number of deaths each year from asbestos-related diseases.
This training will continue into next month and November and is aimed at tradesmen such as joiners, electricians and plumbers who are most likely to disturb the fibres as they go about their work.
Commenting on the scheme, Karen Clayton, HSE’s director for long latency health risks, said it will hopefully have an impact on the number of compensation claims resulting from asbestos-related illness and death each year.
“There is sadly little we can do to help those who are already suffering the often fatal effects of asbestos exposure in the workplace, but we can prevent this hidden killer claiming another generation,” she added.
Posted by Wayne Weir