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New initiative on asbestos by HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a new initiative, Asbestos: Your Duty. This initiative targets workplaces, schools and hospitals with the aim of safeguarding individuals from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a hazardous substance that saw widespread use in post-war construction, prior to being completely banned in 1999. Sarah Albon, HSE’s chief executive said that “asbestos exposure in Great Britain is still the single greatest cause of work-related deaths due to exposures decades ago.”

Workplaces such as offices and factories, schools, hospitals, and places of worship all come with a legal duty to manage asbestos. Therefore, business owners and landlords who are responsible for premises constructed before the turn of the century, particularly those erected between 1950 and 1980 when asbestos usage peaked, are being urged to carry out necessary checks and be certain they know their legal responsibilities.

Properly containing asbestos ensures the safety of people visiting and working in affected buildings. However, asbestos causes danger when it is disturbed or damaged.

HSE’s website contains updated information, templates and explainer videos to help anyone who needs a refresher or is unsure of their legal duties. See: https://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/duty/index.htm?utm_source=press-release&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=duty-to-manage&utm_term=asbestos&utm_content=launch-press-release

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