Asbestos danger warning for Sheffield tradespeople

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A new safety campaign has been launched to help protect tradespeople in Sheffield from the dangers of asbestos.

The Health and Safety Executive is launching the national campaign as part of attempts to reduce the number of deaths from asbestos-related diseases.

New figures from the HSE show tradespeople in Sheffield, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, spend an average 105 days per year in buildings built before 2000, which have a high risk of containing asbestos.

Asbestos can be found in walls and ceilings, as well as a host of other places like floor tiles, boilers, toilet cisterns, guttering and soffits.

Once disturbed, the microscopic fibres can prove lethal if breathed in, causing lung disease and cancer.

An app is being launched as part of the campaign to help workers identify where they could come into contact with the material.

Mark Harper, minister responsible for Health and Safety, said: “This campaign is about highlighting the risks and easy measures people can take to protect themselves.”

n Visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos.