SSG Continues to Support Asbestos Awareness Campaign
- Date: Wednesday 18th August 2010
Asbestos and its related diseases continue to be the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK. Prior to 1999 more than 6 million tonnes of asbestos were imported into the UK. About 4.4 million tonnes of this was incorporated into building products and can be found in ceiling artex, vinyl floor tiles, pipe lagging, asbestos insulated boards and even toilet cisterns. As a result of exposure to fibres in these products it is estimated that a staggering 20 tradesmen die from this ‘Hidden Killer’ every week.
Only earlier this month The Ministry of Justice announced that a payment of £5,000 will be made to thousands of workers suffering from an asbestos-related disease. Campaigners have said as many as 6,000 people could be affected. Those who have already started legal claims for compensation will be eligible for a payment and other sufferers in England and Wales have until August 1, 2011 to lodge claims.
The HSEs ‘Hidden Killer’ campaign highlights the continuous drive to raise awareness to the risks associated with exposure to asbestos and the methods of workplace control. Local Health and Safety Company SSG Training and Consultancy continue to support the ‘Hidden Killer’ campaign. Throughout September a series of free downloadable articles will be available from the SSG website and will focus on employee asbestos awareness, working with non-licensed asbestos and the duty to manage asbestos.
Recent changes to legislation now require every employer to provide adequate training to employees who are likely to be exposed to asbestos (e.g. plumbers, electricians, maintenance operatives, painters etc). Along with the downloadable articles SSG will also be delivering UKATA approved Asbestos Awareness training and Working with Non-licensed Products courses across the region over the next few months. For more information on both of these courses or to receive your article by email, contact our customer service team on 01752 201616.