Chair of UK Asbestos Training Association reminds us of the dangers of asbestos
This week the government announced that the compensation awarded for people who are suffering from mesothelioma and lung cancer, as the result of asbestos exposure, will rise to an average £123,000. I would just like to remind your readers of the dangers of asbestos and how proper training might prevent them from suffering from these fatal diseases in the future. Asbestos was used in building materials right up to the nineties before its damaging effects were known. Undisturbed, the substance is harmless; when disturbed or moved the spores become airborne and inhaled.
Many of the effects of this “hidden killer” do not become apparent till 20-30 years down the line, when disease takes hold, drastically reducing both quality and length of life.
The compensation figure from the government moves closer to what is expected by many asbestos victims and their families; yet, I believe that by investing in better training, the problem can stop at this generation.
Asbestos is also evident in thousands of homes, and for this reason it’s important that your readers do the correct research and consult a professional when undertaking any home improvement projects.
If you have any doubts or concerns, visit our website at www.ukata.org.uk for free information and advice, and a list of UKATA members.
Eddie Strong, chairman, UK Asbestos Training Association