Helping apprentices tackle a hidden killer
Posted: February 19, 2013
Posted in: Employer Negligence Industrial Deafness and Disease
Apprentice tradespeople across Clydebank are set to benefit from a new HSE e-learning package to help them better understand the risks from asbestos.
Approximately 4,000 people across Great Britain die each year due to asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos can be found in many buildings built or refurbished before 2000, and the group of workers now most at risk is the 1.8 million tradespeople who routinely disturb the fabric of buildings during their work.
HSE Principal Inspector Archie Mitchell said:
“Many young tradespeople believe that, because asbestos is no longer used in buildings, it’s no longer a threat to them. But that simply isn’t true. The material was widely used in domestic, commercial and industrial premises. Such buildings contain asbestos materials now and will continue to do so for many years into the future.”
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