Asbestos

Asbestos

Health, Safety & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 585
14 September 2017
Asbestos

In July, we were working on a filling station and had to stop work because asbestos was identified. On this occasion is was corrugated asbestos sheeting that the fuel station shop fascia was fixed to.  Our team had attended that replace the shop fascia and timber frame, which would have disturbed the asbestos.  The job was suspended with the full support of our client.

The below graphic from Asbestos.com shows the gap between first exposure of asbestos and Mesothelioma symptoms becoming apparent.

The latest HSE statistics for 2015, in the UK there were 1175 new cases of mesothelioma reported for Industrial Injury Benefit, 2542 deaths from mesothelioma and (in 2014) 431 deaths where the death certificate mentioned asbestosis.

HSEThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - The body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in England and Wales and Scotland.: Annual deaths where death certificates mentioned asbestosis but not mesothelioma, and IIDB cases 1978-2015

HSEThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - The body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in England and Wales and Scotland.: Mesothelioma in Great Britain: annual deaths, IIDB cases and projected future deaths to 2030

Men who worked in the building industry when asbestos was used extensively are now among those most at risk of mesothelioma.    The latest projections suggest that there will continue to be around 2,500 deaths per year for the rest of this current decade before annual numbers begin to decline.

Never be complacent – many buildings contain this deadly material that was once seen by builders as having revolutionary properties. Now, contact with it is known to be extremely hazardous and breathing in one single fibre can result in a slow and painful death.

Always check the sites asbestos register before starting any job on site.  Be aware of the materials signage is fixed to, asbestos was widely used in many areas and in many forms, if you suspect any material you see to be asbestos, stop work and contact your line manager immediately.

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