Construction ebulletin: HSE launches 'Asbestos and You' campaign

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HSE launches 'Asbestos and You’ campaign

This week HSE has launched a new campaign to remind people working in construction trades to manage the risks associated with asbestos. 

Despite it being banned in the building industry since 1999, figures show that 5,000 people a year still die from asbestos-related diseases. It didn’t disappear when it was banned in the UK and we know that asbestos remains in millions of homes and buildings.  


Those carrying out repairs or refurbishment work are at a higher risk of disturbing asbestos, especially when working in houses. Builders, carpenters, electricians, joiners, plasterers, plumbers and roofers are just some of the trades being urged to take the risks of asbestos seriously.


The campaign particularly wants to reach those who started their careers from the year 2000, after the use of asbestos was banned, so they know the risk still remains.


Visit the Asbestos and You website for more information about the campaign and how you can support it. You can also:

CONIAC website is launched

The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) has launched a new website, which aims to share good practice and advice for the construction industry.

This is the first website developed for CONIAC and will host guidance produced by the CONIAC working groups.


The new website will also provide a new national home for the Asbestos Network and the regional groups that make up the Working Well Together Initiative (WWT).


Sponsored by the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the site aims to share good practice and will, over time, create a library of resources by bringing together industry guidance that was previously available elsewhere on the internet.


CONIAC is a statutory industry advisory committee. It is chaired by HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction and committee members are representatives drawn from a broad range of construction industry organisations. 


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