A survey of 500 British tradespeople, commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), identified that workers could come into contact with asbestos more than 100 times a year without realising it.
Only 15% were aware that asbestos could still be found in modern buildings and one in four believed that opening a window would help protect them from the dust.
The Beware Asbestos Campaign has been designed to make tradespeople aware of asbestos and encourage them to work more safely, taking the risks into account.
A web app has been launched as part of the campaign. Designed to help tradespeople identify when they could come into contact with asbestos, it asks them multi-choice questions about the type of building they are working in and the type of material that they are working on.
After answering the questions, the web app will assess the level of risk involved in the job. If it is too high, the user will be told to get a licensed asbestos contractor and stop working on the site.
If there is no asbestos risk identified, they will be told that they are safe to continue with their work and, if there is some risk involved, the app will direct them to a how-to guide, with information and steps to follow.
The GGF has encouraged its Members to get involved with the safety campaign. The company has supported Beware Asbestos since its launch at the end of 2014 and has revealed that it will continue to back it throughout the new year.
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