HSE has launched a new campaign aimed at tradespeople, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, to give guidance on where asbestos is found and what to do and what not to do if it is found.
A key feature of the campaign is the creation of a new web app for phones, tablets and laptops that helps tradespeople easily identify where they could come into contact with the deadly material as they go about their day-to-day work and gives them tailored help on how to deal with the risks.
According to a new survey commissioned by the HSE tradespeople could come into contact with deadly asbestos on average more than 100 times a year.
Asbestos can be found in walls and ceilings, or the structure of a building, as well as a host of other places like floor tiles, boilers, toilet cisterns, guttering and soffits. It can be disturbed by basic maintenance work like drilling holes and sanding and once disturbed, the microscopic fibres can prove lethal if inhaled, causing lung disease and cancer.
To encourage tradespeople to think about asbestos on every job, so they are prepared to deal with the danger, HSE has launched a new safety campaign. Mark Harper, Minister responsible for Health and Safety, launched the campaign at the TradePoint store in Cricklewood. TradePoint is supporting the campaign by distributing asbestos safety kits to tradespeople through their stores across Great Britain.
Download the web app here.