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Asbestos issues must be tackled

In addition to the support provided by our editorial advisory board, I’ve found the discussions on the H&V News LinkedIn group particularly helpful in gauging industry opinion on various subjects, the latest of which is dealing with asbestos in the home.

While it is worrying to report on the instances of malpractice that are regularly highlighted by the Health and Safety Executive within the commercial and industrial sectors, I recently asked members for their thoughts on the implications of asbestos disposal skips at public refuse sites.

There were some extremely informative and insightful comments, and with 4,500 people dying from asbestos-related diseases every year in the UK, there is considerable concern that more action is required to ensure that everyone is aware of the dangers.

There is little publicity around the number of casualties - imagine the headlines if 4,500 people died from legionella or carbon monoxide poisoning - presumably because it takes many years for the effects of asbestos to appear.

However, with many instances of professional tradespeople being exposed, typically due to poor practice by companies that should know better, what does this imply for the domestic sector, which is not bound by such stringent disposal regulations?

Many of us have lost friends and relatives to asbestos exposure and I for one would like to do everything possible to help ensure that the numbers affected are significantly reduced in the future.

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