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Tradespeople at risk every week from asbestos

The Health and Safety Executive launches a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks

Twenty tradespeople a week die from asbestos related illness

The Health and Safety Executive has released figures that show the threat that asbestos still poses to tradespeople, especially in the London area. Twenty tradespeople a week die from asbestos related illness with many unaware of the risks.

Some of the key findings for the London area were:

- 1.3 million tradespeople at risk from asbestos exposure nationwide

- Tradespeople in London spend on average 2.18 days a week in buildings built before 2000, which have a high risk of containing asbestos. That's 90 days a year.

- Huge confusion in how to combat asbestos exposure - 1 in 4 actually thought opening a window would help

- Only 15% knew that asbestos could be found in buildings built up to 2000

- Tradespeople come into contact with asbestos over 100 times each year, on average

Minister Mark Harper, responsible for Health and Safety has now launched a campaign to raise awareness of the problem

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