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HSE responds to The Mirror article - "Asbestos campaign scuppered by cuts will cost lives, warns union"

Dear Sir,

HSE's Asbestos: the Hidden Killer campaign has not been cancelled as it has been claimed (Mirror, p22, 31 Jan).

It is usual for us to take stock at the end of each phase of our campaigns to see how successful they have been. Hidden Killer is currently in one of those periods.

All the Hidden Killer information is freely available online and we continue to publicise every asbestos prosecution we take to raise awareness of the issue and the threat posed to high risk groups such as tradesmen.

We continue to actively work with a range of stakeholders to further increase awareness of the risks of asbestos and the action tradesmen should take to protect themselves, reinforcing the messages of Hidden Killer.

HSE will continue to make tackling asbestos a priority, both in terms of our communications activity and our enforcement work.

Yours sincerely,

Karen Clayton
Director, Long Latency Health Risks Division

Updated 2011-01-31