The ban on the importation and use of asbestos in the UK by a Labour government back in 1999 was welcomed by those who had campaigned for it and by health and safety professionals who had to deal with the deadly substance on a daily basis.
By John McClean, Joint Union Asbestos Committee on 04 April 2022
Asbestos-related diseases claim the lives of around 5,000 people every year in the UK, making it essential that those in control of buildings containing the substance take adequate precautions to prevent it being damaged or disturbed.
When coronavirus is dominating the headlines, it’s easy to forget that 5,500 people will die this year due to past asbestos exposure. Yet, young people working today are also at risk. For Action Mesothelioma Day (3 July), it's time to explore the issue.