New asbestos safety campaign launched by the HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new campaign to help tradespeople at risk from the dangers of asbestos exposure.

New asbestos safety campaign launched by the HSEAsbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc.) and causes around 5000 deaths every year.

The Beware Asbestos campaign aims to raise awareness of the real and current risks facing today’s tradespeople. It also seeks to help them work more safely when doing jobs that might disturb asbestos, to help protect them from harm.

The campaign has seen the launch of a new, free web app to help tradespeople easily identify where they could come into contact with asbestos as they go about their day-to-day work.

Before starting any work that may disturb asbestos, you must ensure that you have had the correct level of information, instruction and training.

The web app leads tradespeople through a list of simple multiple-choice questions about the type of building they are working in, the job that they’re doing, and the type of asbestos containing material they are working on.

Depending on their answers, they will be:

1. advised to stop work and get a licensed asbestos contractor if the asbestos risk is too high;
2. taken to a simple how-to guide giving them easy to follow step-by-step information for small, non-licensed tasks;
3. advised if there is no asbestos risk and so they are safe to continue work.

The web app also directs the user to HSE’s new asbestos pages for tradespeople, where they can find additional guidance on training requirements and further asbestos information.




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