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The TUC and HSE have produced a brief guide for
HAZARDS AT WORK
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]

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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
Government plugs mesothelioma payouts hole Sufferers of an asbestos-related cancer will in the future receive extra payouts after the government revised its mesothelioma compensation rules. Under new rules for the government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme compensation will rise to match 100 per cent of average civil claims, up from the...
13 February 2015
Welsh asbestos NHS costs law overruled The Supreme Court has sided with insurers who claimed an assembly law passed in 2013 to recoup asbestos treatment costs from employers’ liability insurers was outside its competence. The court said Welsh ministers had no right to impose charges to fund the NHS, and...
13 February 2015
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

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