HSE is in the middle of a campaign called “Beware Asbestos” which will run until March 2015. The objective is to raise awareness and promote safe working practices among those workers most at risk. These tend to be tradespeople working on smaller projects in the construction and maintenance sector, but the risk extends across the majority of workplaces.
The campaign starts from the principle that many workers have an awareness that asbestos is dangerous, but are unclear about when and how they may be exposed to the risk. It is estimated that 20 workers a week are dying from asbestos-related diseases, with the consequences of exposure often taking decades to manifest themselves.
The trade outlets of building materials and DIY group B&Q are involved in distributing free asbestos safety packs to those at risk.