Tradesmen across Scotland are the target of a new national campaign warning them to beware of a hidden killer: asbestos. A total of 2,617 of Scottish men died from mesothelioma − a cancer caused by breathing in the deadly fibres − between 1981 and 2005, higher than the national average.
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Anyone working on a building that was built or refurbished before the year 2000 could be exposed to asbestos without even knowing it. In the UK, around 500,000 non-domestic buildings contain asbestos and it remains a very real threat.
Greg Haywood, Head of HSE's Asbestos Licensing Unit, based in Edinburgh, said: "Asbestos is Britain's biggest industrial killer and remains a very real threat to workers in Scotland. Contrary to what many people believe, the risks are not a thing of the past. Asbestos-related illnesses claim the lives of 4,000 people every year − more than die in road accidents"
The campaign is being supported by unions, employers' representatives, health charities, sufferers and victims groups.
More information can be found under asbestos website.
The Health and Safety Executive is the national regulation for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain's workplaces. Quelle: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)