HSE produce asbestos awareness video
Published on Mon 31 March 2008
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a video featuring a mesothelioma sufferer as part of its ongoing campaign to alert workmen to the dangers of asbestos.
Chair of the Health and Safety Commission, Judith Hackitt, said:
"Every week 20 tradesmen die simply because they have breathed in asbestos fibres during the course of their work. The problem today is that we associate it with a problem that's been and gone because asbestos is now banned. We regard asbestos as something a previous generation were exposed to.
"There is a real risk that the younger generation entering the workforce today will think this does not apply to them but it does. If they work on any building built or refurbished before the year 2000 it could well contain asbestos."
The video can be viewed at www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos
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