Survey to highlight asbestos risks

British asbestos campaigners have launched a national survey on the regulations designed to protect UK workers from being exposed to asbestos in their workplace.

The survey will explore the general awareness and understanding of asbestos in buildings.

The survey has been developed with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), the organisation that currently accredits over 100 asbestos inspection bodies to carry out asbestos surveys.

UKAS says that according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures, asbestos is responsible for an estimated 4000 deaths each year and is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

The organisation hopes that the survey will give an insight into how aware companies and workers are of the regulations in order to help highlight the risks of asbestos in the workplace.

Annette Brooke MP and Chair of the Asbestos in Schools Group welcomed the survey: “This survey is a welcome step in the right direction.

“It is so vital that we highlight the dangers surrounding asbestos and I hope that participation in this survey is as wide as possible.”

The survey results will be published in a report in the summer 2011 via the campaign website.

Alison Brown

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