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Remove All Asbestos By 2028

Friday, October 16, 2015

GMB Strongly Supports Call From Parliamentary Group For The Removal Of All Asbestos In The UK By 2028

Removal is the only way can we ensure that future generations will not have to experience the same deadly epidemic from asbestos-related diseases that we suffer today says GMB

GMB welcome the publication by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health of a report which says that the time has come to put in place regulations requiring the safe, phased and planned removal of all the asbestos that still remains in place across Britain. See copy of the report attached as a pdf at the foot of this release on the GMB website at www.gmb.org.uk .

Dan Shears, GMB National Health and Safety Director, said “GMB agrees with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) that removal is the only way can we ensure that future generations will not have to experience the same deadly epidemic from asbestos-related diseases that we suffer today.

GMB strongly supports the call from the APPG for the removal of all asbestos in the UK by 2028.

We know only too well that workers have died from mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos at work, particularly in non-industrial workplaces. Hundreds of teachers, lectures and teaching assistants, cooks, caretakers and cleaners have died from mesothelioma since 1980 (1), and the number of deaths in the public sector and NHS are not known.

We do know that public buildings such as schools, hospitals and offices contain high levels of asbestos, and it is right that this should be assessed and prioritised for phased removal on a risk basis.

This is a sensible and achievable approach from a cross-party group, and the Government must take notice and provide a timetable for action. Other nations such as Poland already have ambitious plans in place for asbestos eradication. Given the UK's historic leading role as producer and consumer of asbestos, a national action plan is the very least that the Government should commit to."

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Contact: John McClean, GMB National Health & Safety Officer on 07710 631329 or Dan Shears GMB National health & Safety Officer on 07918 767781 or GMB press office 07921 289880.

Notes to Editors:

(1). Detailed information on mesothelioma deaths caused by asbestos in schools is available from the Asbestos in Schools campaign - see http://www.asbestosexposureschools.co.uk/. 272 mesothelioma deaths occurred in UK educational establishments from 1980-2005.

 

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The Asbestos Crisis - Why Britain Needs An Eradication Law

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The Asbestos Crisis - Why Britain Needs An Eradication Law