Updated asbestos guidance announced in the UK

Fibres of the mineral chrysotile asbestos taken from a host rock with tweezers Fibres of the mineral chrysotile asbestos taken from a host rock with tweezers (Image: Alexey via Adobe Stock)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the United Kingdom has “refreshed” its guidance on asbestos.

The government organisation, which recently published its latest statistics bulletin on work-related health and safety, said: “Asbestos is the greatest cause of work-related deaths in Great Britain.

“Around 5,000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases which typically take decades to develop and cannot be cured.”

As well as the removal of out of date information, the updated guidance includes ammendments and additions to key areas of asbestos management.  

The changes, which have been made to several webpages on the HSE website, cover asbestos safety, training, worker safety and guidance for the person(s) with a legal duty to manage asbestos in a building.

For more information, visit: Asbestos - HSE

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