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Thanks to initiatives such as Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW), understanding of the risks of asbestos in the workplace is improving, but are you aware that you could be putting yourself and your family at risk from simply doing DIY around the home?
In conjunction with GAAW 2015 (1st-7th April), the British Lung Foundation is launching ‘Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a campaign intended to provide advice and information on where you may find asbestos around the home – as well as the steps you should take if you do.
The use of asbestos in new homes has been banned since 1999; however, many UK homes were built during a time when asbestos was widely in use. The BLF is concerned that a lack of awareness about this could lead to many homeowners risking exposure when working around the house.
To mark GAAW 2014, we created an infographic that detailed some key statistics on mesothelioma, an incurable asbestos-related cancer. It affects the thin lining in your chest and abdomen, and can be caused by even low levels of exposure if repeated over time.
This included data taken from the HSE which showed that the mesothelioma death rate in men had more than quadrupled over the last 50 years, with construction workers and electricians most at risk.
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