Reducing the risk of asbestos exposure
The danger associated with exposure to asbestos fibres has been a long term defining health issue in our sector, and that danger remains today. It is essential that contractors take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to operatives, other workers, and the public.
Any person who is, or who may be, involved in working with or near asbestos should read the excellent and definitive information and guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Asbestos related disease
HSE estimates that up to 20 tradespeople die each week in the UK from exposure to asbestos, making it the single greatest cause of work-related deaths, according to the HSE.
Electrical and other building services contractors are potentially at risk from encountering asbestos, notably when carrying out refurbishment or maintenance. Asbestos is still out there in many buildings, built before 2000, and tradespeople are still being exposed to it.
Industry leading electrician story tells of the reality of asbestos exposure
We are greatly indebted to ECA past president Alan North of AS North Ltd and his family. Alan told his own story before he sadly passed away in November 2013, as a result of asbestos exposure earlier in his career.
Please take five minutes to watch Alan’s story...