A new campaign has been started in the UK by health officials to try and raise awareness of the effects of asbestos exposure. The campaign aims to help the many people that may still be in contact with asbestos on a regular basis, such as tradesmen and those in certain occupations, but may not be aware of the dangers of exposure.

The new information campaign has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive, and it is hoped that by raising awareness more people that are in high risk jobs will be able to protect themselves against the dangers of asbestos exposure.

According to figures around twenty tradesmen each week die from asbestos related disease in the UK. Plumbers, joiners, and electricians are amongst those that are at increased risk because their work involves them disturbing asbestos.

An official from the Health and Safety Executive said: “Asbestos is Britain’s biggest industrial killer. Contrary to what many people believe, the risks are not a thing of the past. Asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma, claim the lives of 4,000 people every year – more than die in road accidents. The most simple but important advice is if you are not sure that there is no asbestos where you are working, then don’t start work. It is simply not worth the risk.”

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