The president of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has recently spoken out about asbestos at a seminar in West Lothian where she was a guest speaker. Nattasha Freeman was speaking on Workers’ Memorial Day, and remembered the many people that had lost their lives to industrial disease at work.

She spoke about asbestos related diseases at the seminar, including the asbestos related cancer which, according to the Institute of Cancer Research and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, now kills more people in the UK than anywhere else.

Nattasha stated: “In Great Britain alone, around 4000 people a year die as a result of past exposure to asbestos – that’s more deaths than are caused by road-traffic accidents. In 2009, we have an unwanted but very real double inheritance. First there’s the legacy of thousands of people who are potentially blighted by the effects of past exposure to asbestos, who fear they might have an asbestos time-bomb ticking inside them.”

She added: “Then there’s also the hidden legacy of thousands of tons of asbestos left in our buildings, requiring us to competently identify and assess it, manage and control it, and dispose of it safely,”

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