Asbestos exposure is a serious risk for plumbers, electricians and tradesmen
It's scary to think that every week: 3 plumbers, 20 tradesmen and 6 electricians die due to asbestos exposure.
Asbestos related diseases account for over 4000 deaths each year.
This is a serious threat and should not be taken lightly or seen as "yesterday's problem".
The Health & Safety Executive have recently launched their "Asbestos campaign: Hidden Killer" which is being rolled out to target building maintenance and repair workers using the scheme "You are more at risk than you think!".
Did you know that any building built or refurbished before the year 2000 could contain Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material and has been used for about 150 years on a large scale. It is versatile, plentiful and ideal as a fire-proofing and insulation material. But it can be deadly!
If you inhale asbestos fibres they can become lodged in your lungs and you may not be able to exhale them and your body’s natural defences may not be able to easily break them down. This can lead to lung diseases (eg permanent scarring to the walls of the lung, thickening and hardening of the lung walls, progressive restrictive lung disease (asbestosis) and various malignancies (cancers)), particularly if you are repeatedly exposed to fibres over a number of years. To read more about the different types of asbestos fibres please visit our Asbestos
section on our website.
Family members can also be at risk from asbestos related illnesses via fibres on clothing.