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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. Download guide [PDF]


Unite launches asbestos awareness campaign Unite members who think they’ve been exposed to asbestos are being urged to join the union’s asbestos register. The call forms a part of the union’s new campaign to raise awareness about “the silent killer”. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says past exposure to...
23 January 2015
Responding to the report published today (Friday) by the House of Commons Justice Committee, which is critical of the government’s review of mesothelioma compensation claims, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Justice Committee is right to criticise the shoddy deal done between the insurance industry and the government. Victims...
01 August 2014
Asbestos disease victims deserve better treatment Unions are asking their members to sign an e-petition calling on the government to provide funding for research into treatments and cures for asbestos-related diseases. Urging members to put their names to the online petition to the Department of Health, construction union UCATT said...
11 July 2014
Campaigners press for asbestos justice Asbestos disease campaigners, politicians and unions spoke out on 4 July to mark Action Mesothelioma Day, calling for urgent action to combat the deadly asbestos cancer. Deaths from mesothelioma, which is incurable and now kills in excess of 2,500 people a year, are still to...
11 July 2014
Botched asbestos job risked workers lives One of the largest asbestos removal contractors has been convicted of putting the lives of workers at risk through a catalogue of safety breaches during demolition of a former school building in Lincoln. Scottish-based Angus Group Ltd claim to have over thirty years experience...
30 May 2014
Union wins legal victory for asbestos victims Unite has won a judicial review against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which means that, when requested to do so by a coroner, HMRC has to produce the work history of a person suspected to have died from industrial disease. HMRC had recently...
30 May 2014
Today the Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group (ASCG) have launched their new website aimed at promoting the service and offering information, guidance and practical support for asbestos sufferers and their families/carers. The Group, a partnership between Northern TUC, Macmillan Cancer Support and sustainable growth organisation Tadea UK,...
20 May 2014
Benefits Advice for people affected by Cancer In conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support we are offering this bite size briefing which will give an overview of the work being undertaken by the Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group. The briefing will also give an insight into the benefit entitlements...
03 April 2014
It has been known for some time that inhaling tiny fibres made by the nanotechnology industry could cause similar health problems to asbestos as some of these fibres are similar in shape to asbestos fibres which cause lung cancers such as mesothelioma. Many of these lung cancers can take 25...
10 March 2014
Asbestos charities have expressed their fury to justice minister Helen Grant over what they believe is the excessive influence of the insurance industry on the government's cancer compensation policy.
27 September 2013