asbestos

11% of workers in the building industry have no idea what asbestos is 

Asbestos-related diseases still claim 5,000 deaths every year. A long latency period means that very often several decades can pass before the onset of symptoms . For those who have been exposed to asbestos, the health implications can be devastating.  Although asbestos, a type of mineral which is resistant to heat and corrosion, was fully […]

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Plumbers warned about hidden dangers of asbestos

Plumbers across Great Britain are being warned about the hidden dangers associated with asbestos. The warning comes as part of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Asbestos and You campaign targeting tradespeople about the personal risks from asbestos that still exist in properties across the country today. Around five thousand people a year die from […]

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Young tradespeople “need to take the risk of asbestos much more seriously”

Millennials, gen Z workers and other younger people who work as plumbers, electricians, and in other trades need to take the risk of asbestos much more seriously. That’s the message from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The workplace regulator is launching a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with the dangerous […]

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day – 21% of UK plumbers encounter asbestos every week 

New research has found that 21% of UK plumbers are exposed to asbestos every single week. On Mesothelioma Awareness Day (26th September), an event aiming to bring more attention to the dangers of asbestos, ElectricalDirect surveyed trade workers from across the nation to see how often they encounter it, and the impact this has on their […]

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Trade students urged not to “play Russian roulette” with deadly asbestos

Students from construction-related courses have been warned breathing in asbestos fibres is like “playing Russian roulette” with their lives. About 100 young tradespeople from Boston College heard about the devastating impact asbestos exposure can have from Philip Baker, an ambassador of No Time to Lose, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) occupational cancer […]

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