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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 5,000 people die each year from mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer - 13 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]


This TUC guide for union workplace representatives is aimed at helping them negotiate the removal of all asbestios from their workplace.
23 May 2016
More than 60 Health and Safety reps attended the Forum event held on Tuesday 9th February at Gateshead Civic Centre. The event was organised to coincide with heartunions – a week of action celebrating the great work done by union reps and members in our workplaces and in society. Reps...
25 February 2016
TUC backs MPs’ call for asbestos removal The TUC is demanding immediate action after MPs accused the government of complacency on the risks of asbestos in buildings and called for an asbestos eradication law. ‘The asbestos crisis: why Britain needs a new law’ was published last week by the All-Party...
23 October 2015
Unions say end the deadly asbestos gamble Unions have given their strong support to a report from MPs calling for the urgent removal of asbestos from Britain’s buildings. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health warned that at least 5,000 people die annually as a result of exposure...
23 October 2015
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health believes that the time has come to put in place regulations requiring the safe, phased and planned removal of all the asbestos that still remains in place across Britain. Only that way can we ensure that future generations will not have...
19 October 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:
16 October 2015
Asbestos campaigners force cancer costs u-turn The government has agreed to waive new court fees for cases involving asbestos-related disease in what has been hailed as a landmark decision for claimants. The Ministry of Justice had imposed a 5 per cent levy on all claims over £10,000 on 9 March...
10 July 2015
Call for new asbestos eradication law to cut cancers A new asbestos eradication law requiring the safe, planned removal of all the asbestos that still remains in place should be introduced, the union Unite has said, backing a demand endorsed by the TUC last month. Making the call on 3...
10 July 2015
Council fined after a decade of asbestos neglect A London council fined for its criminal failings on asbestos safety should listen more closely to its safety reps, a union has urged. UNISON reps on Waltham Forest Borough Council were speaking out after the local authority was fined for exposing members...
05 June 2015
date: 23 April 2015 embargo : 00.01 hrs Tuesday 28 April 2015 International Workers’ Memorial Day (Tuesday, 28 April) serves as a reminder to workers across the globe that many of them are at daily risk of accidents, injury and illness at work, says the TUC. The event is an...
28 April 2015