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The TUC and HSE have produced a brief guide for
For more information on Asbestos click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

Asbestos is the UK's biggest workplace killer.

The three main types of asbestos - blue, brown and white asbestos - can still be found in the workplace. There is no safe level of exposure and all types are dangerous.

Around 4,000 people die each year from mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer - 11 people for every day of the year. This is greater than the number of road accident deaths. Before the death rate declines, up to a quarter of a million people in Britain may have died from asbestos exposures.

There are up to six million tonnes of asbestos in schools, hospitals, ships, offices and factories - and the homes we live in. The importation, supply, and use of all asbestos throughout Britain is prohibited.

The TUC and HSE have jointly produced guidance for safety representatives on managing asbestos and what the law says. It can be found at


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