Late last year the Health and Safety Executive launched a new safety campaign as an average of 20 tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases.
Tradespeople, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, could come into contact with deadly asbestos on average more than 100 times a year according to a new survey commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Most farms will have some asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), eg compressed asbestos-cement roof sheets, cladding, building partitions or rainwater gutters and down pipes, so it's important to be aware of this when undertaking any work on farm.
Only a third (30 per cent) of those surveyed, were able to identify all the correct measures for safe asbestos working, whilst more than half (57 per cent) made at least one potentially lethal mistake in trying to identify how to stay safe.
To encourage tradespeople to think about asbestos on every job so they are prepared to deal with the danger, HSE has launched a new safety campaign. Mark Harper, Minister responsible for Health and Safety, launched the campaign at the TradePoint store in Cricklewood. TradePoint is supporting the campaign by distributing asbestos safety kits to tradespeople through their stores across Great Britain.
A key feature of the campaign is the creation of a new web app for phones, tablets and laptops that helps tradespeople easily identify where they could come into contact with the deadly material as they go about their day-to-day work and gives them tailored help on how to deal with the risks.
A useful quickguide can also be found here.