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New Asbestos Campaign Launched

"Hidden Killer" kills 4000 a Year

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now launched its new asbestos communications campaign, using the slogan "Asbestos: The hidden killer,” with the aim of informing tradesmen that asbestos is a danger that is real and relevant to them.

According to the HSE, every week 20 tradesmen die from asbestos-related diseases.


The HSE wants to lets tradesmen know that if they carry out work on a building that was built or refurbished before the year 2000, they could have been exposed to asbestos, without even knowing it.


Along with the campaign, the HSE has launched a new website area which sets out:

  • what asbestos actually is
  • where asbestos can be found 
  • what it can do to people 
  • how to handle asbestos 
  • asbestos myth busters.

The myth busters section of the website explores many misconceptions about asbestos and coming into contact with asbestos as a result of work, all presented in a lively interactive format.


For example, one of the statements suggests, “You're more likely to die in a road accident than from an asbestos-related disease? True or False?”


The statement is false, given that more people die of asbestos-related diseases than are killed on the roads each year — currently over 4000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases.