The call from health and safety professionals to the government to address the ongoing issue of asbestos exposure, highlights a persistent and concerning public health issue. Despite the ban on asbestos in the UK for 25 years, the material still poses a significant risk due to its prevalence in older buildings.  

The fact that an estimated 300,000 non-domestic buildings constructed before 1999 still contain asbestos underscores the scale of the problem. Asbestos-related diseases continue to claim thousands of lives annually, with approximately 5,000 deaths attributed to asbestos exposure each year in the UK alone.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) emphasizes the need for increased awareness and proactive measures to mitigate exposure risks.

Collaboration between government entities, policymakers, regulators, employers, and worker representatives (duty holder) is essential to effectively address the issue.

Efforts should focus on enhancing awareness and education about asbestos, particularly among those who may encounter it in their workplaces, including employees of smaller businesses. Consistent and stringent asbestos management practices are crucial to minimise exposure and protect public health.

It's imperative that the government heeds these calls for action and implements comprehensive measures to prevent further asbestos-related deaths and ensure the safety of workers and the public. Asbestos awareness initiatives like the upcoming Global Asbestos Awareness Week serve as important reminders of the ongoing risks associated with this hazardous material.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week is held annually from 1st-7th April, is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and promoting prevention efforts worldwide.

How We Can Help You 

Bradley Environmental is one of the leading Asbestos Consultants in the UK offering a range of Asbestos Risk Management and Removal Services. We advise our clients on the most efficient and economically advantageous way to manage asbestos, without compromising on safety issues.

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