ASBESTOS & YOU
Any job, any day of the week, can potentially release lethal asbestos fibres. It’s not like dust – you can’t see, smell, or feel the fibres in the air or on your clothes.
Asbestos can be found in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000. Houses built in fifties, sixties and seventies are very likely to include asbestos. It could be in the house or building you are working on right now.
5000 people a year die from past exposure to asbestos, our aim is to reduce this to zero in years to come. Below are a series of guides, advice and links to guidance to ensure you’re aware of the dangers asbestos.
Quick guide to asbestos
There are a number of simple, quick steps that you can take to reduce the dangers of asbestos.
We’ve created this guide to help explain the main risks and what to do about them, as well as your legal responsibilities.
The asbestos essentials task sheets are for employers, managers and sole traders in building, maintenance and allied trades, detailing how to safely carry out non-licensed work involving asbestos.
They will help you to decide what category of asbestos work it is and how to plan the work safely.