HSE (The Health and Safety Executive) has launched a new safety campaign as an average of 20 tradespeople die every week in the UK from asbestos related diseases.
Tradespeople, including floor fitters, could come into contact with deadly asbestos over 100 times a year, says a new survey commissioned by the HSE.
The survey reveals that people in construction trades work an average of 2.29 days a week in buildings built before 2000 (i.e. buildings that could potentially contain asbestos).
As well as illustrating how often tradespeople can be exposed to asbestos, the survey reveals some common myths believed by those at risk.
One in seven (14%) believing that drinking a glass of water will help protect them from the deadly dust and one in four (27%) thinking that opening a window will help to keep them safe. Only a third (30%) of those asked, could identify all the correct measures for safe asbestos working, whilst more than half (57%) made at least one potentially lethal mistake in trying to identify how to stay safe.
The research, undertaken by Censuswide in September 2014, shows that while over half (53%) know that asbestos could be in old buildings built before 1970, only 15% knew that it could still be found in buildings built up to the year 2000.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.