Issue date
16 Oct 2015

Responding to a report published today (Friday) by the all-party parliamentary group on occupational safety and health calling for the safe removal of all asbestos in Britain, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The effects of exposure to asbestos at work continue to cause thousands of deaths every year. Yet asbestos is still with us in around half a million workplaces and public buildings across the UK. As a result, more than 15 years after the use of asbestos was banned, hundreds of thousands of workers are still put at risk of exposure every day.

“The proposal from the all-party group for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos from all workplaces and public buildings is the only way of ensuring that future generations do not have to live with the continuing legacy that asbestos will leave unless action is taken now.”