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Asbestos basics

asbestos in the ceiling

Did you know that every week on average 20 tradesmen die from exposure to asbestos including...

4 plumbers
6 electricians
8 joiners

...all from this hidden killer.

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.

Mesothelioma: This isn't just an old man's story

A mesothelioma victim and his son tell their story about how it has affected their lives. HSC Chair Judith Hackitt gives details of the HSE campaign to highlight awareness of the risks of asbestos to tradesmen.

Updated 2012-10-31