When coronavirus is dominating the headlines, it’s easy to forget that 5,500 people will die this year due to past asbestos exposure. Yet, young people working today are also at risk. For Action Mesothelioma Day (3 July), it's time to explore the issue.
Nearly 700 schools have been referred to HSE over concerns they are failing to safely manage asbestos in their buildings, potentially putting thousands of staff and pupils at risk, it has been revealed.
There can’t be many people with responsibility for or interest in workplace health and safety unaware of the risks to health from inhaling asbestos fibres, or of the terrible toll of thousands of lives shortened by the diseases caused including its unique cancer, mesothelioma.