UK HSE Reports 4312 Deaths Due To Asbestos Related Diseases

UK HSE Reports 4312 Deaths Due To Asbestos Related Diseases

HSE Reports 4312 Deaths Due To Asbestos Related Diseases

That’s right, the HSE has reported that there were around 4312 deaths due to asbestos related diseases in 2007 (the latest year with published statistics).  Do you work in the building trade?  Do you use the correct PPE when dealing with asbestos? or do you think that health and safety is not worth the time of day?  If you don’t use PPE and think that health and safety is not important, then it’s about time that you woke up and learnt about the risks involved when dealing with asbestos, and the affects that it can have on you later in life.  It is no joke,  asbestos really is a hidden killer, and it will get you when your not expecting it.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is commonly known as the hidden killer, due to the fact that you can’t see it, and because it does not usually cause any symptoms for many years after exposure.  Asbestos almost always causes death.

Asbestos is a term used for a wide range of naturally occurring minerals that crystallise to form long thin fibres and fibre bundles.  Asbestos fibres have high tensile strength, chemical, electrical and heat resistance.  For this reason, asbestos was used in nearly all UK buildings built before the year 2000, and it was and nevertheless is used in many other countries around the globe.

Asbestos is a hazardous material, and can present great risks to health if the fibres are disturbed, let loose in the air, and then inhaled.


Asbestos became a popular product to builders and manufacturers in the early 1900’s.  Builders and manufacturers used to love using asbestos because of its great durability.  Asbestos is fire retardant, and it was commonly used for insulations.

It is estimated that 3,000 different types of products contain asbestos.  The use of asbestos ranges from paper products, brake linnings and floor tiles.

Who is at risk of being exposed?

If asbestos is left intact and undisturbed, it does not cause a health risk.  Asbestos only causes health risk if it is tampered with, and if the person tampering with it is not wearing a confront disguise and protective clothing.

Many situations of these diseases occurring now are a consequence of exposure in industries that used asbestos in the past.  A majority of these new situations have mainly affected people working in building and maintenance trades. 

People mostly affected with asbestos related diseases include, Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians, Labourers, Metal Plate Workers, Pipe Fitters, Construction Operatives, Construction Managers and Energy Plant Operatives.

What diseases are caused by asbestos?

  • Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a cancer exclusively related to asbestos.  It is almost always fatal to those who are affected.  People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma usually die within 1 or 2 years of diagnoses.  It has a long inclination period, and it does not start to affect the body or cause symptoms for typically 30-40 years.

  • Lung Cancer – Asbestos related lung cancer typically takes at the minimum 20 years to affect the body.  Asbestos related lung cancer affects the tubes carrying the air from the lungs.  The tumour grows by surrounding tissue, invading and often obstructing air passages.

  • Asbestosis – Asbestosis is a scarring of the lung tissue which has a latency period for 15-30 years.

  • travel pleural thickening- This is a non-malignant disease where the lining of the lung becomes scarred.  It usually takes 10 years after exposure to affect the body

What can be done to help prevent getting an asbestos related disease, and what can be done to spread awareness?

  1. Avoid working with asbestos; if you are going to work with asbestos ensure you get correct the correct safety supplies which conform to safety standards.

  2. Get protective clothing & workwear, and leave the protective clothing at work when you leave the site.

  3. use confront masks

  4. Don’t smoke

  5. Take lots of vitamins to help raise your immune system

  6. Remove asbestos from your home

  7. Educate yourself more about asbestos, and pass on this knowledge to others

  8. If you do work with asbestos, get some books & posters.  If you don’t already have some in your work place they will help to remind you, and others of asbestos risks, and what you should do to help prevent getting an asbestos related disease.

If you need some safety supplies to help protect you, your friends, or your loved ones from asbestos, why not try Safety Savers?  Safety savers provide a large range of safety equipment and PPE throughout the UK.  They also export their safety products all over the world. 

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