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Highlighting Crucial Safety Measures and Company Responsibilities when dealing with Asbestos

In commemoration of Global Asbestos Week, it is important to remind everyone of the grave dangers posed by asbestos exposure and the critical importance of adopting proper safety measures. This annual event serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating health impacts associated with asbestos and the urgent need for heightened awareness and action to mitigate its risks.

With Safety being one of our four core values, it is our duty to keep our team safe when working on site carrying out electrical, mechanical, fire & security, comms and automated controls services and we want to highlight both the risks and companies responsibilities when dealing with asbestos.

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos, once hailed as a miracle material for its fire-resistant and insulating properties, has since been unequivocally linked to serious health conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. While the use of blue and brown asbestos was banned in 1985 and white asbestos was banned in 1999, there are still a large number of premises across the UK that contain some form of asbestos as well as numerous older buildings, industrial facilities, and even consumer products, posing an ongoing threat to public health.

Around 5,000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases which typically take decades to develop and cannot be cured. It is made up of tiny, invisible fibres that can be breathed in or rest on your clothes.

Protection against the risks of Asbestos

For businesses and organisations across the UK, conducting comprehensive asbestos surveys is imperative to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within their premises. These surveys involve thorough inspections and sampling to assess the presence, condition, and extent of asbestos in buildings or facilities. By conducting regular surveys and implementing appropriate management plans, companies can safeguard the health and well-being of their employees, clients, and the wider community.

Compliance with regulations and guidelines governing asbestos management is not only a legal obligation but also a moral responsibility. Failing to address asbestos hazards can lead to costly litigation, reputational damage, and, most importantly, unnecessary harm to human lives.

Asbestos remains a persistent threat, particularly in older structures and industrial settings.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

During Global Asbestos Awareness Week, we want to renew our commitment to raising awareness, promoting best practices, and advocating for a safer, asbestos-free future. By working together with our clients and taking decisive action, we can mitigate the risks associated with asbestos exposure and protect the health and well-being of both our employees and those working at our clients premises.

Remember, when it comes to asbestos, prevention is paramount. Wear your PPE, conduct surveys diligently, and prioritise safety above all else.

Stay safe. Stay asbestos-aware.

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