A new survey commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and based on interviews with 500 tradespeople reveals that many are ignorant of the risks posed by asbestos.
One of the headline findings in the survey, carried out by Censuswide in September 2014, was that 14 per cent of respondents believed that drinking a glass of water would help protect them from the deadly dust. Twenty seven per cent of those asked thought that opening a window would help keep them safe.
Equally worrying, only 30 per cent of those surveyed were able to identify all the correct measures for safe asbestos working, while 57 per cent made at least one potentially lethal mistake in trying to identify how to stay safe.
The findings raise serious concerns, especially in light of the fact that tradespeople, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, could come into contact with the deadly asbestos on average more than 100 times a year.
HSE figures reveal that 20 tradespeople, on average, die every week from asbestos-related diseases.
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. Read more
Twenty tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases as an HSE survey revealed the full extent of construction workers’ exposure to the deadly material.
The survey showed carpenters, painters and decorators could still come into contact with asbestos on average more than 100 times a year.
The survey also revealed some common myths believed by those at risk with:
One in seven believing that drinking a glass of water will help protect them from the deadly dust . One in four thinking that opening a window will help to keep them safe.
Only a third of those asked were able to identify all the correct measures for safe asbestos working while more than half made at least one potentially lethal mistake in trying to identify how to stay safe.
Figures show that twenty tradespeople on average die every week from asbestos related diseases.
The research, undertaken by Censuswide in September 2014, shows that while more than half knew that asbestos could be in old buildings built before 1970, only 15% know that it could still be found in buildings built up to the year 2000. Read more